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Foundations of Faith

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 11 Apr 2018

The latest Church Society publication, edited by Lee Gatiss, is now available to purchase.

A stellar cast of Anglican pastors and theologians from around the world reflect on the foundational teachings of global Anglicanism. Putting the Thirty-nine Articles in their biblical and historical context, they navigate some of the difficult terrain with clear and compelling application for today. This book is an excellent guide for the newcomer, and a refreshing commentary for the seasoned interpreter.

Based on the 2017 Lent series of blog posts on the Church Society website, Foundations of Faith provides a commentary on each of the 39 Articles, together with relevant scriptures, questions for reflection and a prayer. The book is thus a devotional guide as well as a doctrinal one. We hope it will be a helpful addition to the bookshelf of every Anglican, but don’t just take our word for it:

“This book is such a useful contribution to the understanding of Anglican theology. I really appreciate those who thought of the idea and those who have written. The key thing is to share the teaching of the Articles with the whole Church. A long overdue initiative!” Archbishop Peter Jensen, General Secretary of GAFCON

“Thanks to Lee Gatiss and thirty-nine leading scholars and pastors from around the Globe, the Church Society has compiled a wonderful resouce for the study of Anglicanism’s defining DNA, the Thirty-Nine Articles.Each article is treated in turn with an opening key verse of Scripture, a brief but pithy commentary reflecting both its historical context and current relevance, reflective questions and a concluding prayer. Here is the perfect resource for a daily Lenten discipline of studying the essential truths of the Reformation for Anglicanism today.” Ashley Null, German Research Council Fellow, Humboldt University of Berlin

“Foundations of Faith is not only well prepared but highly necessary at a time when the ignorance and confusion concerning Anglicanism is tragically prevalent especially among Anglicans.” Bishop Greg Venables, Primate of the Southern Cone

“What holds the Anglican Communion together is not just the scripture but a specifically Anglican understanding of how those scriptures shape the life, doctrine and worship of the Church. At a time when there is little clarity over the boundaries of our Church, this is a timely reminder of what defines the Anglican centre.” Paul Harcourt, National Leader, New Wine England

“This collection of brief essays by evangelical scholars from around the world explains the meaning and argues for the relevance of the 39 Articles of Religion for today. The contributions are concise, accessible and persuasive. 2017 marked the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and ‘Foundations of Faith’ highlights the need for an ongoing reformation in the Church of England. This is essential reading if the Church of England is not to dismiss or ignore its Anglican inheritance, ‘the faith uniquely revealed in the Holy Scriptures’. Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn

Foundations of Faith is now available to purchase in hardback or paperback formats from our online shop. If you wish to purchase multiple copies, please contact the office to enquire about discounted rates.

Ros Clarke is Associate Director of Church Society

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