The State of the Church and the Church of the State Paperback
Re-imagining the Church of England for Our World Today
by Donald McFadyen; Michael Turnball;
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The State of the Church and the Church of the State
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What is the real England and what do we want it to be?
In this provocative book, two leading clergymen share their vision for a new society, and a radical reshaping of the Church of England.
Despite the rise of secularism, the Church still has an important role in discussions on the ethics of technological and scientific developments, gender issues and sexual ethics, education, Establishment and economics. The tents on the steps of St Paul’s show that the Church is still a vital player in the political life of the country.
Michael Turnbull and Donald McFadyen claim that the Church of England can become the nation’s heartbeat once again, but significant changes to its vision and organisation are needed. In looking at the position that the church once held, and what its role might be in the future, they explain to a new generation the potential of the Church of England in English society, and show that, in revitalising its purpose, it can create a godly ‘Big Society’ where people can flourish as part of a global and local community.
The State of the Church and the Church of the State by Donald McFadyen; Michael Turnball was published by Darton Longman & Todd in February 2012 and is our 39900th best seller. The ISBN for The State of the Church and the Church of the State is 9780232528817.
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The State of the Church and the Church of the StateDavid Ford, via The Good Book Stall
The Church of England is in a state. In this well argued and highly articulate defence of the established church, Turnbull and McFadyen face up to the evidence of decline and growing congregationalism and call the church to respond by returning to its ancient calling: ‘Rejoicing with those who rejoice…and weeping with those who weep...is the particular vocation of the Church of England’.
Given the plethora of publications in recent years focusing on mission and church growth as the solution to the Church of England’s ills, Turnbull and McFadyen’s riposte appears refreshingly orthodox. Quoting Richard Hooker and William Temple at length (other great Anglicans are also available…), the authors remind us that the church and state are inseparable. Indeed, for these writers disestablishment would seem to present a greater threat to the church’s raison d’etre than continuing numerical decline. For at its heart the Christian faith (and therefore the church) is essentially societal and it is for society/nation (drawing it towards the Kingdom of God) that the church exists.
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|Page last updated||19th April 2017|
|Author / Artist||Donald McFadyen; Michael Turnball|
|Publisher||Darton Longman & Todd (February 2012)|
|Number of Pages||200|