(London: Routledge, 2017), xv+307 pp. isbn 978-1-4724-3364-0 (pbk). £24.99.The book can be described as an attempt to ‘make sense’ of the Anglican Communion worldwide through an examination of its growth and decline over a period of nearly forty years. Statistics and the interpretation of statistics are central to the book. But it also acknowledges the formidable obstacles in making sense of statistical information as a tool for articulating the nature of the Anglican communion. For a start, statistical information is not uniform across the Communion, and there are severe and intractable issues about how to interpret those statistics that are presented, as a recent article in the Journal of Anglican Studies by Daniel Munoz powerfully explores. Goodhew alludes to this article (p. 7) and no doubt experienced the problem acutely as he compiled the articles in this book. Statistics of growth and decline easily become ammunition in the fractious arguments within the Communion over sexuality, and Munoz is right to be sceptical. Thankfully, David Goodhew’s book carefully avoids being drawn into such unprofitable logomachy. His introduction is an admirable survey of the situation revealed by his diverse set of contributors, each with a deep knowledge of a particular region
Ecclesiology – Brill
Published: Jan 20, 2018
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