Sydney Anglicans and the Threat to World Anglicanism: The Sydney Experiment (Ashgate Contemporary Ecclesiology)

Sydney Anglicans and the Threat to World Anglicanism: The Sydney Experiment (Ashgate Contemporary Ecclesiology)

By: Muriel Porter (author)Hardback

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Sydney Anglicans, always ultra-conservative in terms of liturgy, theology and personal morality, have increasingly modelled themselves on sixteenth century English Puritanism. Over the past few decades, they have added radical congregationalism to the mix. They have altered church services, challenged church order, and relentlessly opposed all attempts to ordain women as priests, let alone bishops. Under Archbishop Peter Jensen they are not just set apart from most other Australian Anglicans, but have become prominent in the leadership of the global movement that is threatening worldwide Anglican unity. Muriel Porter unpacks how Australia's largest and, until recently, richest diocese developed its ideological fervour, and explores the impact it is having both in Australia and the Anglican Communion.

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Muriel Porter is a leading lay Anglican in Australia (member of General Synod since 1987; member of GS Standing Committee since 1989; member Melbourne Synod since 1984; member Melbourne Diocesan Council since 1985, formerly member of General Synod Doctrine Commission); she is the author of numerous books and journal articles on contemporary church issues, the most recent being Sex, Power and the Clergy, Hardie Grant Books, Melbourne, 2003; The New Puritans: The Rise of Fundamentalism in the Anglican Church, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2006;and Women in Purple: Women Bishops in Australia (Voices: Quarterly Essays on Religion in Australia), John Garratt Publishing, Melbourne, 2008. She is also an occasional commentator/ opinion writer in mainstream and Anglican press, and a professional journalist and journalism academic, formerly senior lecturer in journalism at RMIT University, Melbourne, and for the past 20 years, Australia correspondent for Church Times (UK).

Contents

Foreword; Preface; Introduction; Anglicanism in Sydney today; Sydney Anglicans; how it came to this; Tensions: Sydney and the Anglican communion; Tensions: Sydney and the Anglican church; Women: equal but different; Current challenges; Conclusion: the end of the experiment?; Select bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 08/08/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781409420286
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9781409420286
  • ISBN10: 1409420280

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