Archbishop Fisher's archiepiscopate reflected the central issues of his time and place. It was Fisher who oversaw an immense programme of reforms which effectively recast the institutions of the Church of England for generations to come. It was Fisher who proved to be the essential architect, politician and diplomat behind the creation of a worldwide Anglican Communion. His determination to promote the development of relations with other churches produced a vital contribution to the cause of ecumenism, which culminated in his momentous meeting with Pope John XXIII. Archbishop Fisher was a vigorous participant in the questions which defined national and international life. This book explores Fisher's influence on major contemporary issues and events, including divorce-law reform and capital punishment at home and the end of Empire and the most dangerous years of the Cold War abroad. This new biography establishes the continuing significance not only of the office of Archbishop in the Church but also of the Church at large in the tumultuous world of the later twentieth century.
A final section of original source material includes letters, sermons and other writings bringing vividly to life the range and character of Fisher's public and private role.
Andrew Chandler had published widely in the field of twentieth-century British and European history, with particular reference to the Church of England. His book, The Church of England in the Twentieth Century: The Church Commisioners and the Politics of Reform, was published in 2006. David Hein is a widely published scholar and an authority on Anglican and US history in the nineteenth and late twentieth centuries. His first, widely praised study of Archbishop Fisher was published in 2007
Contents: Foreword; Part I Life: Introduction: out of the ruins...; Formation, 1887-1932; Chester and London, 1932-1945; Archbishop of Canterbury, 1945-1961: the Church of England; Church and Society, 1945-1961; The Anglican Communion, 1945-1961; Ecumenism, 1945-1961; Church and State, 1945-1961; The world's tumult: foreign affairs, 1945-1961; Retirement, 1961-1972; Assessment. Part II Documents: The Atomic Bomb; A step forward in Church relations; Canon law; Artificial insemination; Church and State; The Welfare State; The Festival of Britain; The Coronation service; The new world of the Church Commissioners; Premium Bonds: the Small Lotteries and Gaming Bill; The Suez debate; Death Penalty (Abolition) Bill; Partnership in Industry; Homosexual offences and prostitution; Apartheid and the Church in South Africa; The visit to Rome, 2 December1960; Bibliography; Index.
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