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Anglican Evangelical Identity Today

What might it look like in coming years for Anglican evangelicals to remain committed to the biblical gospel, to all that is best in our Anglican heritage, and to one another as brothers and sisters in Christ?

There will be times when our differing contexts will mean that we will make different judgments about precisely when and how to act for the sake of the gospel. There will be other occasions when differences of temperament, or priorities, or convictions will mean that we will disagree about what the practical outworkings of our commitments should be. What might godly wisdom look like for different churches, and in different contexts? And how can we continue to honour and support one another, working together for the gospel, even when we make different principled and pragmatic decisions?

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The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography

For those who enjoy biographies and love books, what could be better than a good biography…of a great book? Princeton’s Lives of Great Religious Books series promises many happy hours learning more about old friends and making new acquaintances, from Augustine’s Confessions to Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison, from the book of Genesis, to the Tibetan Book of the Dead

Alan Jacobs’s biography of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) certainly provides a stimulating introduction to a fascinating life. In seven highly readable chapters, he takes us from the BCP’s conception and birth in the mid-sixteenth century to its dotage in the early twenty-first. Throughout, he demonstrates enviable skill in simplifying complex material—covering several centuries and half the globe, and integrating multiple disciplines—without being simplistic.