By Bruce Kaye
What's the nature of worldwide Anglicanism in a postcolonial, worldwide age? This booklet presents the major to knowing either the nature of this Christian culture and the fundamental nature of present disputes. It describes the principles of the culture and descriptions its crucial ideals and practices, concentrating on challenge, liturgy, engagement with others, and gear, wisdom and authority within the church. It comprises chapters on women's ordination and on homosexuality within the public lifetime of the church, and the ultimate bankruptcy appears to be like to the demanding situations of the longer term.
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The Archbishops in their Office (Oxford: Mowbray, 1988), p. 21. Forming an Anglican nation in England 23 There are real shifts in the political and ecclesial conceptions at work in these changes which are somewhat glossed over by Bede. When the dioceses coincided with the kingdoms, the Christian role of the king could be easily seen in relation to the work of the bishop in his kingdom. However, now the king’s ‘Christ-like’ role was to be sidelined. Conversely the bishop, and we can see this in Theodore, exercises power more directly and personally.
The balance between authority and a power which he presents would be challenged by the imperialism of the Tudors. It was only by the skin of their teeth and the exercise of significant theological subtlety and resilience that Anglicans managed to navigate the Tudor form of that imperialism and the residual imperialisms which the narrow terms of the Restoration of 1662 sought unsuccessfully to impose. ’25 His book thus sees the notion of nation and nationalism beginning in 1780. This view has been subjected to severe criticism and has been brought into doubt by recent early modern and medieval historical studies.
Furthermore he did so with considerable exercise of personal power. Bede regarded the twenty-one years of Theodore’s tenure as a golden age to which he could look back with affection and admiration. Bede relates that Theodore visited every part of the island which was occupied by the English and was well received. He was the first archbishop whom the entire church of England obeyed and since, as I have observed both he and Hadrian were men of learning both in sacred and in secular literature, they attracted a large number of students into whose minds they poured the waters of wholesome knowledge day by day .