The Church in Wales

the sociology of a traditional institution

Author: Christopher Harris,Richard Startup

Publisher: University Of Wales Press

ISBN: 9780708315743

Category: History

Page: 216

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This study of the Anglican 'Church in Wales' should be of interest to those concerned with the nature of Christianity in contemporary society. It provides a description and analysis of the territorial organization of a church and demonstrates the way in w

Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, 2nd Edition [6 volumes]

A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices

Author: J. Gordon Melton,Martin Baumann

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1598842048

Category: Religion

Page: 3200

View: 8439


This masterful six-volume encyclopedia provides comprehensive, global coverage of religion, emphasizing larger religious communities without neglecting the world's smaller religious outposts. • Coverage of the religions of more than 240 countries, including all of the larger religious communities, denominations, and sects • Detailed statistical information on the major religious communities in each country • 100+ entries on famous and important religious sites and places of pilgrimage • Biographies of the 100 most influential religious leaders in history • More than 150 photographs, plus maps and illustrations for each nation • A bibliography for each entry

England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales

The Christian Church 1900-2000

Author: Keith Robbins

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198263716

Category: History

Page: 508

View: 5596


This is a lovely and accessible examination of all branches of the Christian Church in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales in the twentieth century in their central interaction with politics, social issues, war, and culture. It considers their pursuit of an elusive unity throughout a century when prevailing cultural attitudes underwent massive change.

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

Author: Frank Leslie Cross,Elizabeth A. Livingstone

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0192802909

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1800

View: 2864


Uniquely authoritative and wide-ranging in its scope, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church is the indispensable one-volume reference work on all aspects of the Christian Church. It contains over 6,000 cross-referenced A-Z entries, and offers unrivalled coverage of all aspects of thisvast and often complex subject, from theology; churches and denominations; patristic scholarship; and the bible; to the church calendar and its organization; popes; archbishops; saints; and mystics. In this revision, innumerable small changes have been made to take into account shifts in scholarly opinion, recent developments, such as the Church of England's new prayer book (Common Worship), RC canonizations, ecumenical advances and mergers, and, where possible, statistics. A number of existingarticles have been rewritten to reflect new evidence or understanding, for example the Holy Sepulchre entry, and there are a few new articles, on Desmond Tutu and Padre Pio, for example. Perhaps most significantly, a great number of the bibliographies have been updated. Established since its first appearance in 1957 as an essential resource for ordinands, clergy, and members of religious orders; ODCC is an invaluable tool for academics, teachers, and students of church history and theology, as well as for the general reader. THEOLOGY- the development of doctrines throughout the ages, with their philosophical background and the different traditions of the major Churches- spirituality and heresy- history of the Reformation and Counter-ReformationPATRISTIC SCHOLARSHIP: Fathers of the Church, on whose work later theology is founded, are covered in detail, for example- the Nag Hammadi papyri and their significance for our understanding of Gnosticism- the problems of Marcarius of Egypt and Macarius/Simeon are explored- the recently discovered sermons of Augustine are mentioned, with their places of publication listedCHURCHES AND DENOMINATIONS- the beliefs and structures of both the mainstream and lesser-known denominations such as Amish, Muggletonians, Shakers, and Wee Frees- lengthy articles on the history of Christianity throughout the world, in countries such as Angola, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the Philippines, Poland, Spain, the United States, Vietnam, and ZaireTHE CHURCH CALENDAR AND ORGANIZATION- feast and saints' days- Sacraments- church services, offices, rites, and practices- canon law including Catholic revision- councils and synods- religious ordersTHE BIBLE- individual Biblical Books- major figures from Abraham, Moses, and King David to St Paul and the Evangelists- schools of Biblical criticism and entries on their chief exponentsBIOGRAPHICAL ENTRIES- these are wide ranging and include saints, popes, patriarchs, and archbishops- emperors, kings, and other rulers- mystics, heretics, and reformers- theologians and philosophers, with a summary of their opinions- artists, poets, and musicians

Civil society in Wales

policy, politics and people

Author: Graham Day,David Dunkerley,Andrew Thompson

Publisher: University Of Wales Press

ISBN: 9780708318515

Category: Political Science

Page: 353

View: 7718


Civil Society in Wales provides a critical evaluation of the main themes and points of contention facing discussions of public policy in contemporary Wales. Topics covered include religion and civil society, the voluntary sector, the media, nationalism, community regeneration, young people, and citizenship.




Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465353933

Category: History

Page: 315

View: 8016


There has been no serious study of Anglican bishops since Kenneth Kirk published Apostolic Ministry in 1946. This new book goes straight back to the New Testament and the Early Church to discover the little-known origins of episcopal ministry and how it came to Britain through the efforts of first the Celtic and then the Roman Church. Increasing politicisation by William the Conqueror and his successors is examined in depth, as is Cranmer's rediscovery of its essentially teaching and pastoral functions of the episcopate at the Reformation. Lancelot Andrewes's career is spotlighted to find the true qualities of the classic 17th century Anglican bishop before he declined into the political hack and social climber of the 18th century. A chapter on the 19th century shows how Queen Victoria, her entourage, her Prime Ministers and her Archbishops of Canterbury all played lively parts in the appointment of new bishops, with considerable tussles frequently occurring between them. The history can be truly absorbing! A statistical analysis reveals how the English episcopate has changed in the century between 1905 and 2005, noting that while the educational backgrounds of bishops have not altered greatly, with Oxbridge still a major influence, their social backgrounds and ecclesiastical careers now tend to follow a different path. Has this produced a better episcopate? The episcopal histories of the Church in Wales and the Scottish Episcopal Church get a chapter each, which include a close-up of their contrasting methods for appointing bishops and the resulting difference in atmosphere between these two bodies. The Scottish chapter shows how the Episcopalians' democratic electoral system travelled to the USA at the end of the 18th century and subsequently influenced the episcopal organisation of nearly all newer branches of the Anglican Communion. A chapter on changing thinking about episcopacy in the Church of England and elsewhere reveals several trends, including moves towards collegial decision-making and a decline in emphasis upon the teaching and pastoral functions. There is also a review of the growing phenomenon of extra-mural Anglicanism brought into being in the aftermath of ordaining women priests and adopting a less rigorous attitude towards marriage and other sexual matters. The results of a major statistical survey on the attitudes of clergy and laity and recently retired bishops towards the episcopate and its responsibilities are presented in detail. The dioceses surveyed were Bradford, Leicester, Monmouth and Edinburgh. These results highlight the huge pressures and varied calls upon a bishop's time, including his relationship with his parishes, attendance at the House of Lords, diocesan administration and clergy discipline. Are bishops on a hiding to nowhere? The final chapter expands upon the lessons to be learnt from both the historical analysis and the results of the statistical survey, asking whether the existing episcopate is adequate to face the challenges of today and tomorrow. Practical solutions are offered, which will stimulate action to promote the faith of Christ in an increasingly difficult religious, political, social and economic environment. A suggestion is also made to help create a Church where both those for and against women priests can co-exist and flourish in their work without either side suffering offence or marginalisation. Unfortunately bishops are an embarrassing subject for clergy and laity to discuss, which is why they have been so little researched and so infrequently written about. They are important people and wield great power. For their own sakes and for the sake of the Church their role must be discussed sympathetically but realistically. This important book should help start the process.

The Sociology of Religion

Author: Grace Davie

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761948926

Category: Social Science

Page: 283

View: 996


"Davie accomplishes four things, any one of which would be worth the price of the book. First, she provides a clear, thorough review of theory and research in the sociology of religion, and argues successfully for its position as a central subdiscipline. Second, she displays an impressive command of comparative literature in the field, using French, British, and other European sources in addition to those from North American; this makes her presentation both wide and deep...Third, Davie underlines the importance of context, historical and geographical, for understanding how theory and case studies develop...Finally, the author's endnotes and her extensive bibliography give excellent guidance to beginning and experienced readers alike." —C. Hendershott, New School University Why is religion still important? Can we be fully modern and fully religious? This book, written by one of the leading figures in the field, works at two levels. First it sets out the agenda – covering the key questions in the sociology of religion today. At the same time, it interrogates this agenda – asking if the sociology of religion, as we currently know it, is 'fit for purpose'. If not, what is to be done? In a single volume Grace Davie captures the nature and forms of modern religion, the current debates in the field and the prospects for future development.

The Passing of Protestant England

Secularisation and Social Change, C.1920-1960

Author: S. J. D. Green

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521839777

Category: History

Page: 333

View: 8611


An important 2010 account of the causes, courses and consequences of the secularisation of modern English society.

Catholics in England 1950-2000

Historical and Sociological Perspectives

Author: Michael Hornsby-Smith

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780304705276

Category: Religion

Page: 334

View: 8152


The year 2000 marks the 150th anniversary of the restoration of the Roman Catholic hierarchy of England and Wales, following the post-Reformation penal times. The centenary in 1950 was celebrated with much reflection, but what has happened in the momentous half-century since, which has witnessed the transformation of the Second Vatican Council? The book includes: Historical perspectives of the period; Testimonies by key participants in post-war institutional Catholicism, including the Papal Commission on Birth Control, World Congresses of the Laity in Rome and a variety of experiences in Catholic organizations and public life; Empirical studies of English Catholicism from sociological perspectives; Concluding reflections and prospects for the new millennium.