This substantial and readable volume, by a member of the faculty of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of Cambridge,...

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A HISTORY OF THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH

This substantial and readable volume, by a member of the faculty of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of Cambridge, Massachusetts, commemorates the one hundred seventy-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the constitution of the Episcopal Church at Philadlphin in 1789. After an introductory chapter giving the backgrounds in the history of the Church of England, the development of the American Church is considered in seven chapters describing its growth in various colonies, two chapters covering the critical Revolutionary War period, five chapters covering events up to the Civil War, two chapters given to division and reunion, and the concluding four chapters to the growth of the church in modern times, especially in its concern for and for the social order. Although the author deals with a rich abundance of detail and with the records of conventions and other ecclesiastical actions, the narrative moves easily. The critical problems that have confronted the Episcopal Church in America have been, in a sense unique, especially because of its English antecedents. The author handles these objectively without minimizing their importance. The book should be commendable contribution not simply to the history of one denomination, but to American Church History, and to American history in a broader sense.

Pub Date: Oct. 19, 1964

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Publisher: Macmillan

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1964