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Ancient and modern : Anglican essays on the Bible, the church and the world

Author: Andrew Brian McGowan
Publisher: Eugene, Oregon : Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2015.
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What can we learn from an ancient church for a modern world? Christianity in the western world is facing its most significant challenges since the early Christians confronted a hostile Roman empire. Yet during that early period of struggle and uncertainty, the church expanded rapidly and formed the most characteristic aspects of its ongoing identity. The canon of the scripture, the sacraments, and the creeds all  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Sermons
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Brian McGowan
ISBN: 1498230989 9781498230988
OCLC Number: 910856659
Notes: Previously published by Morning Star Publishing, 2015--Title page verso.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description: 337 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword / Archbishop Philip Aspinall --
Part 1. Is the Bible Enough? : --
1. Is the Bible enough? --
2. The strangeness of Scripture --
3. Dangerous eating : Jesus and admission to communion --
4. Breaking down walls : Ephesians 2:11-22 --
Part 2. After Christendom : the Ancient Church and the Modern World : --
5. The shadow of Arius : subordinationism then and now --
6. To use and to enjoy : Augustine on ecology --
7. Bread alone? : food and drink at the eucharist --
8. The ancient limits of modern religion : Perpetua, Augustine and the construction of the secular --
9. Burying Jesus again : the tomb of Jesus : Jerusalem and Utopia --
Part 3. The Past and Future of Anglicanism : --
10. The Book of Common Prayer and theological education --
11. Power, presiding and presbyters : the challenges of 'lay administration' --
12. The futures of Australian Anglicanism --
13. Truth and reconciliation in the church --
14. Worship and the 'mission-shaped' church --
15. Jesus and religion --
16. What is theological education? --
Part 4. The Word Made Flesh : Sermons
Responsibility: Andrew B. McGowan.

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What can we learn from an ancient church for a modern world? Christianity in the western world is facing its most significant challenges since the early Christians confronted a hostile Roman empire. Yet during that early period of struggle and uncertainty, the church expanded rapidly and formed the most characteristic aspects of its ongoing identity. The canon of the scripture, the sacraments, and the creeds all came to be in a church yet to manifest the now familiar divisions between East and West, Catholic and Protestant. The character of Anglicanism in particular has been shaped by attention to those early centuries. In these essays and sermons, Australian Anglican priest and scholar Andrew McGowan explores the most pressing challenges of the contemporary world and the church, drawing on the resources of ancient Christianity. With biblical and patristic resources to hand, he demonstrates in fresh ways how ancient authors such as Augustine and Athanasius, and, of course, the Bible itself, speak to contemporary questions and needs. The subjects range from the environment to restorative justice, and from racism to higher education ; while the contemporary meaning and practice of ancient Christian creeds and sacraments, and the Bible itself, are also explored.

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