William Temple And Church Unity: The Politics And Practice Of Ecumenical Theology by Edward LoaneWilliam Temple And Church Unity: The Politics And Practice Of Ecumenical Theology by Edward Loane

William Temple And Church Unity: The Politics And Practice Of Ecumenical Theology

byEdward Loane

Hardcover | October 5, 2016

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This book evaluates William Temple's theology and his pursuit of church unity. It exposes a number of paradoxes and conflicts that have generally gone under-appreciated in assessments of Temple.
William Temple was one of the most outstanding leaders of the early ecumenical movement. In many ways his ecumenical efforts provided a paradigm others have looked to and followed. Through detailed analysis of primary sources, this study sheds light on several behind-the-scenes conflicts Temple experienced as he worked toward church unity. Edward Loane explores the foundation of Temple's work by analyzing the philosophy and theology that underpinned and fueled it. The book also exposes the tensions between Temple's denominational allegiance and his ecumenical convictions-a tension that, in some ways, undermined his work for reunion. This book reveals issues that contemporary Christians need to grapple with as they seek to further church unity. 

Edward Loane teaches doctrine and church history at Moore College, Australia. He received his PhD from Cambridge University, UK, in 2015. During his studies he taught church history at Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST), Bridgend, UK, and was an honorary curate in the diocese of Ely. Prior to this Edward served in parish minis...
Title:William Temple And Church Unity: The Politics And Practice Of Ecumenical TheologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:254 pages, 21 × 14.8 × 0.03 inPublished:October 5, 2016Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319403753

ISBN - 13:9783319403755


Table of Contents

1. William Temple and Church Unity: Framing the Debate and Providing the Context
2. Temple's Philosophy and Theology of Church Unity
3. Anglican Church Unity: Bridge and Barrier
4. Home Reunion: 'So Close and Yet So Far'
5. South India: 'Reunion by Destruction' 
6. William Temple and the World Council of Churches: Church Unity 'Lite'
7. War-time Opportunities and Threats
8. Conclusion 

Editorial Reviews

"This important book adds a new dimension to our knowledge of Archbishop William Temple, the dominant figure in twentieth century global Anglicanism. It also makes an invaluable contribution to the wider study of ecumenism."(Matthew Grimley, Mark Reynolds Tutor in History, Merton College, University of Oxford, UK) "In this rich and highly readable assessment, Ed Loane opens up the reputation one of the most formidable Anglican church leaders of the twentieth century.  A colossus in the history of modern ecumenism and in social theology, at his death after just two years at Canterbury, William Temple was mourned as the lost leader who could have transformed the post-war destinies of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion.  Yet as Loane shows, Temple's vision of the Church aspired to a creative and dynamic unity often at odds with the complex and divided nature of the Anglican churches. For all its attractiveness, this vision failed to achieve a practical understanding that would have helped protect Temple's legacy in the turbulent era of decolonization." (Jeremy Morris, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge University, UK)