Throughout his life (1853-1932) Charles Gore struggled to achieve a synthesis between freedom of conscience and ecclesiastical authority. Where these came into conflict, which should prevail?
It is always very difficult for believers to make a fair assessment of religious convictions which are different from their own. The nature of religious belief is such that it involves a total commitment of heart and mind, and this makes it particularly difficult to acquire and practise the kind of balanced detachment which one would normally expect in any scholarly investigation. Christians and Muslims have both been guilty of caricaturing each other's beliefs, and this has produced a tradition of misunderstanding and mistrust which bedevils inter-faith communication today.
What possible use could evangelical Anglicans have for the writings of Jeremy Taylor? In this study of Christian moral formation I argue that Taylor, despite questionable statements about repentance, offers reasonable theological insights into moral formation. Although Taylor lived in the 17th Century and was a Laudian, he can be helpful in orienting contemporary evangelical Anglican reflection on Christian moral formation.
If there is a case for change in one of the most conservative institutions on earth, the episcopate can hardly be immune to the new patterns of episcopacy which may emerge.
This study of mission and evangelism is part of a thesis presented by the Revd Robert Bashford for the degree of M.Phil (CNAA), which he was awarded in 1989. Originally, Mr Bashford considered the international statements on mission published by the Lausanne Congress in 1974, by the World Council of Churches (Nairobi, 1975) and by the Roman Catholic Church (1975) as well as the material presented here. He also extended his scope to take in statements on mission made by the Methodist and Roman Catholic Churches in the United Kingdom.
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