A History of Global Anglicanism

A History of Global Anglicanism 118 Book Reviews / Ecclesiology 5 (2009) 95–129 Kevin Ward, A History of Global Anglicanism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), xii + 362 pp. £19.99. ISBN 0-521-00866-2 (pbk). Kevin Ward, an expert on the history of the Church in East Africa, has produced a well-written, readable and highly informative account of the histories of the Anglican churches. To explain why the book will disappoint some readers of Ecclesiology is not to deny its many merits. Whether or not there is a distinctive doctrinal system called ‘Anglicanism’, some might expect a ‘history of Anglicanism’ to describe the development of the Anglican theological tradition – which is not among this book’s aims. Th ough intended as ‘an attempt to write a history of the Anglican commun- ion…’ (p. 1), it addresses the history of each part (church or group of churches) without surveying the growth of the whole. If the Anglican Communion is more than the sum of its parts, this approach to writing its history cannot be wholly successful. In other senses too this is a partial history. Ward does not aspire to the ‘somewhat Olympian detachment’ (p. 55) for which he appears to criticize the nineteenth-century American Episcopal http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ecclesiology Brill

A History of Global Anglicanism

Ecclesiology, Volume 5 (1): 118 – Jan 1, 2009

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© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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118 Book Reviews / Ecclesiology 5 (2009) 95–129 Kevin Ward, A History of Global Anglicanism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), xii + 362 pp. £19.99. ISBN 0-521-00866-2 (pbk). Kevin Ward, an expert on the history of the Church in East Africa, has produced a well-written, readable and highly informative account of the histories of the Anglican churches. To explain why the book will disappoint some readers of Ecclesiology is not to deny its many merits. Whether or not there is a distinctive doctrinal system called ‘Anglicanism’, some might expect a ‘history of Anglicanism’ to describe the development of the Anglican theological tradition – which is not among this book’s aims. Th ough intended as ‘an attempt to write a history of the Anglican commun- ion…’ (p. 1), it addresses the history of each part (church or group of churches) without surveying the growth of the whole. If the Anglican Communion is more than the sum of its parts, this approach to writing its history cannot be wholly successful. In other senses too this is a partial history. Ward does not aspire to the ‘somewhat Olympian detachment’ (p. 55) for which he appears to criticize the nineteenth-century American Episcopal

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