Sydney Anglicanism: An Apology
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Synopsis: Sydney's evangelical Anglicans have been the focus of a great deal of controversy and criticism in the Anglican world. Their blend of conservatism towards doctrine and radicalism towards the institutional church has made them something of an enigma to other Anglicans. But what makes them really tick? Michael Jensen provides a unique insider's view into the convictional world of Sydney Anglicanism. He responds to a number of the common misunderstandings about Sydney Anglicanism and challenges Sydney Anglicans to see themselves as making a positive contribution to the wider church and to the city they inhabit. Endorsements: 'For many observers, Sydney Anglicanism is an incomprehensible oxymoron--a diocese decidedly committed to the authority of Scripture and the primacy of its proclamation, yet institutionally yoked to the far more doctrinally progressive and liturgically centered Anglican Church of Australia, not to mention the wider Anglican Communion. What makes such an anomaly tick? Equally important, where should its undisputed vigor and clout head? A reflective son of the diocese, Michael P. Jensen is to be commended for providing a concise, articulate, and thoughtful book that seeks to answer both of these important questions. Henceforth, neither friend nor foe of Sydney Anglicanism will be taken seriously without first engaging Michael Jensen's timely apology and critique.' --Ashley Null, German Research Foundation's Thomas Cranmer Project, Humboldt University of Berlin Author Biography: Michael P. Jensen is Lecturer in Doctrine and Church History at Sydney's Moore College. He is the author of Martyrdom and Identity: The Self on Trial (2010) and (with Tom Frame) Defining Convictions and Decisive Commitments: The Thirty-Nine Articles in Contemporary Anglicanism (2010).