Anglican theology has been a hotbed of debate about theissue of authority since the Reformation. What do we really appeal to whenattempting to decide matters of doctrine, worship, ministry or ethics? Thedebate is very much alive today, between Evangelical, Liberal and CatholicAnglicans around the world. This proposed book focuses on the understanding of authority in Anglican theology.
It looks at the way thatAnglican theologians, in the past and today, have developed their theories ofauthority in relation to burning issues. Avis critiques them in a continuousdialogue or running commentary and set them in an ecumenical context, comparingAnglican positions with Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant ones.In each area - Bible, tradition, reason, experience -he sets out a new understanding of authority in a constructiveand persuasive way, moving to a series of overall conclusions andrecommendations. The sharp critiques of various positions will help to make itthe subject of discussion and debate.