The Future of Orthodox Anglicanism

Edited by Gerald R. McDermott, Contributions by Gerald Bray, John W. Yates III, Stephen Noll, Timothy George, Andrew Pearson Jr., Barbara Gauthier, Chandler Jones, Ephraim Radner, Eulid Wabukala, Foley Beach, Mouneer Hanna Anis, Ray. R. Sutton, Russell Reno III

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The Future of Orthodox Anglicanism

Edited by Gerald R. McDermott, Contributions by Gerald Bray, John W. Yates III, Stephen Noll, Timothy George, Andrew Pearson Jr., Barbara Gauthier, Chandler Jones, Ephraim Radner, Eulid Wabukala, Foley Beach, Mouneer Hanna Anis, Ray. R. Sutton, Russell Reno III

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Anglicanism is the fastest growing Christian communion in the world today. It is attracting evangelicals who hunger for connections to the early church and for mystery, sacraments, and liturgy. But many people, even Anglicans themselves, don’t really understand what sets today’s Anglicanism apart from some of its history and distinguishes it from other Christian denominations. In 11 essays by leading Anglican scholars representing perspectives from East Africa, North Africa, and North America, this book clarifies what distinguishes Anglicanism from both Roman Catholicism and Protestant denominations, reflecting on the tradition’s rich legacy in the past while offering a winsome proposal for the future.

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Gerald R. McDermott

Gerald R. McDermott (PhD, University of Iowa) is a renowned Jonathan Edwards scholar and an Anglican priest. He served as the Anglican Chair of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School and is the author and editor of more than twenty books.

Product Details

Title: The Future of Orthodox Anglicanism
Published: February 25, 2020
ISBN-10: 1-4335-6617-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-6617-2
Category: Theology
Retail Price: $22.99
Binding: Paperback
Trim: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Page Count: 288

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why This Book?
Gerald R. McDermott

Part 1: Regional Perspectives on Anglicanism

  1. An East African Perspective: What Does the Lord Require of Anglicans?
    Eliud Wabukala
  2. A Middle Eastern Perspective: Rooted in Egyptian Soil
    Mouneer Hanna Anis
  3. A Canadian Perspective: Process, Providence, and Anglican Identity/
    Ephraim Radner
  4. A North American Perspective: Neo-pagan Anglicanism
    Foley Beach

Response to the Regional Perspectives
Stephen F. Noll

Part 2: Vocational Perspectives on Anglicanism

  1. A Rector and Scholar: Our Anglican Essentials
    John W. Yates III
  2. A Journalist and Theologian: Reformed Catholicism
    Barbara Gauthier
  3. An Anglican Historian and Theologian: A Church in Search of Its Soul
    Gerald Bray

Response to the Vocational Perspectives
Chandler Holder Jones

Part 3 Ecclesiastical Perspectives on Anglicanism

  1. An Episcopal Dean: Renewed Anglicanism
    Andrew C. Pearson Jr.
  2. An Anglican Theologian: An Ancient-Future Anglicanism
    Gerald R. McDermott
  3. A Baptist Theologian: Reflections on Anglicanism/
    Timothy George
  4. A Catholic Theologian: Reflections on Anglicanism
    R. R. Reno

Response to the Ecclesiastical Perspectives
Ray R. Sutton
Conclusion: Where Is Orthodox Anglicanism Headed?
Gerald R. McDermott

General Index
Scripture Index


“To be Anglican does not mean being part of a church created solely to sort out Henry VIII’s marital strife and procreative problem. To be Anglican does not mean to be white and vaguely religious. To be Anglican is not about trying to solve tense theological debates in ways that please no one and fail to address the underlying problem but will have to suffice for now. Rather, this courageous volume, ably edited by Gerald McDermott, shows that being Anglican is really about being part of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church. Anglicanism at its best is the marriage of the church’s ancient catholic faith with the recovery of the apostolic gospel from the English Reformation. But the question is this: what will this kind of Anglicanism look like in the future? This international lineup of contributors outlines the current state of orthodox Anglicanism in its various provinces, the challenges facing Anglicanism in its various centers, and what might be the future of global Anglicanism. A fascinating read about a future fraught with challenges and buoyed by hopes.”
Michael F. Bird, Academic Dean and Lecturer in Theology, Ridley College, Melbourne

“Whatever the future of orthodox Anglicanism may look like, it seems safe to suggest that it will not be monolithic. The essays in this book discuss not just the future of orthodox Anglicanism but also its identity, and on both topics the authors arrive at varying and, at times, disparate conclusions. United in opposition to what Archbishop Foley Beach calls ‘neo-pagan’ Anglicanism, these authors represent a broad range of traditional Anglicanism. Warm kudos to Gerald McDermott for skillfully bringing together these insightful essays from across orthodox Anglicanism.”
Hans Boersma, Chair, Order of St. Benedict Servants of Christ Endowed Professorship in Ascetical Theology, Nashotah House Theological Seminary

“In The Future of Orthodox Anglicanism you will hear scholarly voices, perspectives from the majority world, viewpoints from ministry practitioners, and encouragement from leaders of other denominations, spoken with great conviction of the gift that Anglicanism is to the worldwide church. The writers’ historical reflection and engagement with contemporary concerns serve up a feast for those new to Anglican life and for those of us who love the old ship despite its barnacles.”
Rhys Bezzant, Lecturer in Christian Thought, Ridley College, Melbourne; author, Jonathan Edwards and the Church and Edwards the Mentor

“Gerald McDermott has brought together eleven essays and three responses by bishops, theologians, and church leaders from around the world, including two non-Anglicans. This varied collection provides valuable historical perspectives as well as an interesting range of opinions on the current faith and practice of the Anglican Church, coming as they do from different backgrounds, with different perspectives on the Anglican Church today and different outlooks on the future of Anglicanism. A sharp warning of the potentially suicidal effects of ‘neo-pagan Anglicanism,’ coupled with hopeful views from African contributors, leads McDermott to conclude that the orthodox Anglican future ‘will be mostly nonwhite, led by the Global South, and devoted to Scripture.’ While a book this size cannot address all major areas of contention and new developments in the global Anglican Church today, this helpful volume should provoke further thought and discussion about a subject that needs urgent prayer and active response: the future of orthodox Anglicanism.”
B. A. Kwashi, Bishop of Jos, Nigeria