By Kevin Ward
Anglicanism may be obvious as irredeemably English. during this booklet Kevin Ward questions that assumption. He explores the nature of the African, Asian, Oceanic, Caribbean and Latin American church buildings that are now a majority within the world-wide communion, and indicates how they're decisively shaping what it skill to be Anglican. whereas emphasising the significance of colonialism and neo-colonialism for explaining the globalisation of Anglicanism, Ward doesn't concentration predominantly at the church buildings of england and N. the United States; nor does he privilege the belief of Anglicanism as an 'expansion of English Christianity'. At a time while Anglicanism faces the chance of dissolution Ward explores the traditionally deep roots of non-Western kinds of Anglicanism, and the significance of the variety and suppleness which has to date enabled Anglicanism to improve cohesive but multiform identities around the globe.
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The Society had a significant role in Christian education and diffusion of literature within Britain, but it always had overseas interests. The SPCK’s great overseas work lay in the printing of vernacular prayer books and other Christian literature in India. It continues to provide theological literature for Anglican theological colleges throughout the world. In the eighteenth century, the SPCK also sponsored the missionary work of the Danish Lutherans in South India. Bray’s other organisation, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in foreign parts (SPG), was established in 1701, with a more specifically missionary brief: to work among British settler communities and to evangelise non-Christian peoples ‘subject to the Crown’.
It was to be another forty years before the implications of the expansion of the church overseas began to be addressed in any coherent way. In 1695 the Revd Thomas Bray was appointed by the Bishop of London to help in the organisation of an Anglican parochial system in Maryland in America, over which the bishop had oversight. Bray’s recognition of the needs of the church overseas led to the establishment of two societies which were profoundly to affect the development of Anglicanism. The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK) was founded in 1698.
Both needed to differentiate themselves from the Evangelical ethos of the dominant form of religion in their land. Both found congenial the spiritual renewal associated with the Oxford Movement and the reaffirmation of the ‘catholic’ nature of the church. A number of contradictory currents seemed to operate within nineteenth century Scottish Episcopalianism: a desire to emphasise the distinctiveness of the Scottish tradition over against English innovation struggled against a need to emphasise links with the established Church of England.
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