Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780192806932

Mark D. Chapman
168 Pages
111 x 175 mm
Pub date
Jun 2006
Very Short Introductions


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  • Anglicanism is the English state church, and it also has more than 70 million followers throughout the world.
  • Explains how Anglicanism is defined, and how it fits into the broader picture of Christianity. Is it largely Catholic? Or Protestant?
  • Examines the diversity of contemporary Anglicanism, from England to the Mississippi and South Africa and Malaysia - looking at life, worship, and teaching in different churches.
  • Takes the reader on an accessible history of the Anglican Church, and asks whether there really is a distinctive Anglican theology.
  • Mark Chapman also looks at current developments and controversies, such as homosexuality and women priests, and offers thought-provoking suggestions for the future of Anglicanism.

What is Anglicanism? How is it different from other forms of Christianity, and how did it come to have so many different versions throughout the world? 
Although originally united by location and a common belief, Anglicanism has gradually lost its pre-eminence as the English state church due to increasing pluralisation and secularisation. While there are distinctive themes and emphases which emerge from its early history and theology, there is little sense of unity in Anglicanism today. 
In Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction, Mark Chapman highlights the diversity of contemporary Anglicanism by exploring its fascinating history, theology, and structures. Putting the history and development of the religion into context, Chapman reveals what it is that holds Anglicanism together despite the recent crises that threaten to tear it apart. 


1: What is Anglicanism?
2: Establishing the Church
3: Struggles for Identity
4: The Global Communion
5: The Future of Anglicanism

About the author: 

Mark Chapman is Vice-Principal of Ripon College, Oxford, and is a historian and historical theologian. He is also Reader in Modern Theology, University of Oxford. He has written extensively on religion and its role in society. He is editor of numerous books and journals, and his publications include By what authority? Authority, Ministry and the Catholic Church (1997), Liturgy, Socialism and Life: The Legacy of Conrad Noel (2001), and Building Community in South Africa: A Christian Perspective (2003).

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