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Reforming Forwards

Reforming ForwardsReforming Forwards? The Process of Reception and the Consecration of Women as Bishops by Peter Toon.

The process of reception – the introduction of new beliefs and practices and their ‘reception’ by the faithful – is an influential yet rarely discussed development within the Church of England. Little understood by many in the church, its effects are already felt throughout the Anglican communion.

Peter Toon, Rector of Biddulph Moor and author of several books on doctrine, demonstrates how this process has the potential to radically reshape the Church of England and argues that it needs to be properly understood and applied.

“When it suits us, Anglicans pay lip service to the process of reception, which we understand imperfectly. Yet we do not seem to be ready to follow all its reasonably clear moral and practical implications…

Reforming Forwards
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Those who read this booklet will see that I do give the process of reception the benefit of the doubt, and then attempt to take it seriously and to apply it forcefully. Whether we like it or not, the process of reception is part of the map of ecumenism and of Anglicanism in the twenty-first century.”

Published 2004: 72 pages

ISBN: 978 0 946307 50 0

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