The Anglican Communion at a Crossroads: The Crises of a Global Church

Christopher Craig Brittain, Andrew McKinnon

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Abstract

Worldwide debates over issues of sexuality and gender have come to a head in recent years in mainline and evangelical churches, with the Anglican Communion—a worldwide network of churches that trace their practice to Canterbury and claim some 85 million members—among the most publicly visible sites of contestation. This thorough and compelling analysis of the conflicts within the Communion argues that they are symptoms of long-simmering issues that must be addressed when Anglican bishops and archbishops meet at the 2020 Lambeth Conference.

To many, the disagreements over such issues as LGBTQ clergy, same-sex marriage, and women’s ordination suggest an insurmountable crisis facing Anglicans, one that may ultimately end the Communion. Christopher Craig Brittain and Andrew McKinnon argue otherwise. Drawing on extensive empirical research and interviews with influential Anglican leaders, they show how these struggles stem from a complex interplay of factors, notably the forces and effects of globalization, new communications technology, and previous decisions made by the Communion. In clarifying both the theological arguments and social forces at play as the bishops and primates of the Anglican Communion prepare to set the Church’s course for the next decade, Brittain and McKinnon combine sociological and theological methodologies to provide both a nuanced portrait of Anglicanism in a transnational age and a primer to the issues with which the Lambeth Conference will wrestle.

Insightful, informative, and thought-provoking, The Anglican Communion at a Crossroads is an invaluable resource for understanding the debates taking place in this worldwide community. Those interested in Anglicanism, sexuality and the Christian tradition, the sociology of religion, and the evolving relationship between World Christianity and churches in the Global North will find it indispensable.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPennsylvania State University Press
Number of pages264
ISBN (Print)9780271080895, 9780271080901
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Brittain, C. C., & McKinnon, A. (2018). The Anglican Communion at a Crossroads: The Crises of a Global Church. Pennsylvania State University Press .

The Anglican Communion at a Crossroads : The Crises of a Global Church. / Brittain, Christopher Craig; McKinnon, Andrew.

Pennsylvania State University Press , 2018. 264 p.

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Brittain, CC & McKinnon, A 2018, The Anglican Communion at a Crossroads: The Crises of a Global Church. Pennsylvania State University Press .
Brittain CC, McKinnon A. The Anglican Communion at a Crossroads: The Crises of a Global Church. Pennsylvania State University Press , 2018. 264 p.
Brittain, Christopher Craig ; McKinnon, Andrew. / The Anglican Communion at a Crossroads : The Crises of a Global Church. Pennsylvania State University Press , 2018. 264 p.
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