Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail

Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail

by Robert E. Webber, Lester Ruth


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• Refreshing update on Robert Webber's classic, including new testimonies from evangelicals in the Anglican fold

• Explores recent developments, including the emerging/missional church movement and new Anglican churches in America

Why do so many evangelicals flock to liturgical traditions today? Robert Webber first explored the question in this thoughtful and engaging classic in 1989; now evangelical scholar and pastor Lester Ruth updates the conversation.

Much remains of Webber's beloved original text, including his discussion of Anglicanism's six great gifts: mystery and awe, Christ-centered worship, sacramental reality, historical identity, participation in catholic traditions and holistic spirituality. Ruth adds fresh stories from evangelicals who have followed Webber's footsteps on the Canterbury trail, along with new essays that highlight the diversity of Anglican expressions today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819228512
Publisher: Church Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/15/2013
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

The late Robert E. Webber was an influential scholar who wrote numerous books on the convergence of evangelical and liturgical traditions. He served as professor of theology at Wheaton College and founded the Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, FL.

Lester Ruth is the Research Professor of Christian Worship at Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC, and teaches worship history at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, FL. An ordained Methodist pastor, Ruth was a close collaborator with Robert Webber prior to Webber's death in 2007.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition Lester Ruth v

Preface to the 1985 Edition Robert Webber ix

Introduction xi

Part 1 Why the Anglican Tradition? Robert Webber

1 A Return to Mystery 3

2 A Longing for the Experience of Worship 16

3 A Desire for Sacramental Reality 31

4 The Search for Spiritual Identity 49

5 Embracing the Whole Church 61

6 Growing into a Holistic Spirituality 71

Part 2 Other Pilgrims Share Their Stories

7 Anna Masi 87

8 Stefany Webber Welch 99

9 Jon Hall 110

10 David Madeira 120

11 Linda and Bill Richardson 133

Part 3 The Canterbury Trail and Today's Churches

12 Paralleling the Canterbury Trail David Neff 151

13 The Multiple Paths on the Canterbury Trail Thomas Buchan 162

14 Robert Webber: The Man of the Future and the Church of the Future Reggie Kidd 170

Afterword Barry Taylor 177

About the Contributors 183

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