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You Can Confess to an Anglican Priest – But Don’t Take My Word For It

Fr. George Conger has stirred up a hornet’s nest today with his latest article for Get Religion. As with all Get Religion articles, Conger’s central purpose is not to write theology but to take stock of the way that journalists … Continue reading

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Ask an Anglican: Who May Take Communion

This is a question that came in a few months ago but that is perhaps most apt to answer now, given that the General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be taking up the question of Communion without Baptism this … Continue reading

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On The Eucharist: Spiritual Food Is Real Food

One of the more remarkable features of the classic Anglican Eucharistic rite, often omitted from modern prayer books, is the Exhortation that the priest gives to encourage people to receive the sacrament in a worthy manner. The Exhortation comes just … Continue reading

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Good Queen Bess

Since I first studied the Elizabethan Settlement back in seminary, I have been an admirer of Queen Elizabeth I and her role in securing a future for Anglicanism. Lately I have been reading Elizabeth and the English Reformation by William … Continue reading

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All May, None Must, Some Should

“As to confessing one’s sins to a priest, all may do so, none must do so, some should do so.” I was in seminary when I first heard that bit of folk wisdom meant to summarize the Anglican teaching on … Continue reading

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More Than Forgiven

Ever since I was in seminary, I have had friends and colleagues who get up in arms about the “Prayer of Humble Access.” While the 1979 Book of Common Prayer eliminated the prayer from the contemporary liturgy (Rite II), it … Continue reading

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Dearly Beloved: An Anglican Theology of Marriage (Part IV)

It is beyond the scope of this series to do a comprehensive analysis of the theology of marriage in all Christian traditions. Nevertheless, having shown that the classical Anglican theology of marriage is biblical, one would expect to see resonance … Continue reading

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Dearly Beloved: An Anglican Theology of Marriage (Part I)

Introduction What is marriage? Where does it come from? Does it have a fixed shape and contours or is it more fluid and evolving? These questions lie deep in the background of discussions in the Church about sexuality, blessing, and … Continue reading

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