Modern Believing

Anglicanism Revived? A New Look at the Ecclesiology of the Church of England

Modern Believing (2014), 55, (3), 245–256.

Abstract

This paper reviews the continued relevance of Troeltsch's church/sect typology, as developed by subsequent thinkers, to the reality of the Church of England, in the light of some of Linda Woodhead's research for the Westminster Faith Debates. It concludes that her analysis of the nature of ‘believing’ and ‘belonging’ today raises some important questions about the ‘official’ ecclesiology of the Church of England and its current growth and mission strategies, and urges a broadening of the discourse to include a greater recognition of alternative understandings particularly from a liberal viewpoint.

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Woollard, Anthony