Journal of Anglican Studies

The latest edition of the Journal of Anglican Studies (1 December 2007; Vol. 5, No. 2) is now available online. It includes an article on William Paley by one of my former theology professors, Graham Cole (who is a genius! Cole did his doctoral work on Paley). The contents are: 

High Speed Conflict and Anglican Identity’, by Bruce Kaye (pp. 135–143) 

Introduction: Classic Texts and the Consensus Fidelium’, by Rowan Strong (pp. 145–148) 

Stephen Neill’s Anglicanism: An Anglican Classic’, by W.L. Sachs (pp. 149–162) 

Politics as the Church’s Business: William Temple’s Christianity and Social Order Revisited’, by Malcolm Brown (pp. 163–185) 

Grace and Nation: Coleridge’s On the Constitution of Church and State’, by Alan Gregory (pp. 187–208) 

William Paley’s Natural Theology: An Anglican Classic?’, by Graham Cole (pp. 209–225)           

Synopsis: ‘This article pursues the question of whether William Paley’s Natural Theology is an Anglican classic. I place Paley’s natural theology project in its historical context of skepticism about Christianity’s truth claims and in the context of Paley’s `system’. His teleological argument is briefly explained and four challenges, past and present, to its thesis are considered. The question of what makes a work a classic is explored in terms of its enduring interest, especially in the light of the controversy concerning Intelligent Design Theory, and its enduring value. It is argued that because of its enduring interest and value Paley’s Natural Theology may be judged a classic but not of a peculiarly Anglican kind.’

Jesus Christ – The Centre of Theology in Richard Hooker’s Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Polity, Book V’, by Egil Grislis (pp. 227–251)

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