In this volume of The New Church's Teaching Series, Harold T. Lewis surveys the teachings and witness of Anglicanism and the Episcopal Church concerning the Christian vision of a righteous social order, including the challenges of the new millennium. Beginning with the Bible's understandings of social justice, Lewis summarizes the Anglican witness of theologians like F. D. Maurice and William Temple and goes on to discuss the Episcopal Church in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Later chapters discuss the challenges of a new social order that face the church today raised by liberation theology, third-world debt and economic justice, and questions of race, gender, and human sexuality.
As with each book in The New Church's Teaching Series, recommended resources for further reading and questions for discussion are included.
Harold T. Lewis
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Rev. Lewis provides a balanced and provocative look at the history of social activism by the Anglican and Espicopal Church, starting with the Biblical foundations, rolling through the Reformation, and discussing slavery, economic activism, race relations, liberation theology, the role of women and the current controversies revolving around sexual orientation in the Church. His candid call for activism in the Christian tradition as well as the balance of calling out failures of the Episcopal Church in the past to deal with the social controversies of the past provides for a compelling read and a soul search as to what role we have to play as a Christian in light of tradition, scripture and reason.
Great series from an Anglican point of view.
The Episcopal church in the twentieth century took advantage of the general availability of publishing to good advantage, compiling through several auspices different collections and teaching series, the latest of which was only completed a few years ago. There have been 'unofficial' collections of teaching texts, such as the Anglican Studies Series by Morehouse press, put out in the 1980s, as well as an earlier teaching series. However, each generation approaches things anew; the New Church Teaching Series, published by Cowley Publications (a company operated as part of the ministry of the Society of St. John the Evangelist - SSJE - one of the religious/monastic communities in the Episcopal church, based in the Boston area) is the most recent series, and in its thirteen volumes, explores in depth and breadth the theology, history, liturgy, ethics, mission and more of the modern Anglican vision in America. This tenth volume, 'Christian Social Witness' by Harold Lewis, continues...
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