Why Phyllis Tickle Loves Our New Anglican Base Packages

Phyllis Tickle LogosPhyllis Tickle is one of the most interesting and important voices speaking to and for Christians today. A force in the Christian publishing world for nearly a quarter of a century, Phyllis has a lot to say about the trends of Christian belief and practice. Though she just celebrated her 80th birthday, Tickle’s analysis of new movements in Christianity continues to set the tone for current scholarship and reflection.

Tickle’s most recent work focuses on what she calls “Emergence Christianity.” Her two books on the subject—The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why and Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters—have quickly become seminal texts for anyone wanting to learn about this important movement.

Recently, I offered Phyllis Tickle, an Episcopalian, one of our Anglican base packages to review and endorse, if she felt so inclined. After using the package for a week or so, and asking me a number of questions to try to get at what we were doing and why, she had this to say:

Those of us who have already been using the Logos Bible packages and libraries for years are always going to be enthusiastic anytime Logos ventures into new territory or adds yet another base package. We are especially enthusiastic, of course, when that new addition plays directly into areas of our own particular interests, as is the case here; for as an Episcopalian, I fell into the Anglican base package like a child suddenly let loose in a carnival of impossible delights and unimagined wonders, not to mention of some totally fascinating and/or previously unsuspected esoterica.

An Anglican base package, like every other Logos package, is a tool, of course, not a carnival. It is designed as a tool and defined as one. Yet one of the major hallmarks of a good tool, one of the chief criteria for evaluating it, in fact, is to ask whether or not it delights, whether or not it sits comfortably in the hand, whether or not it gives both satisfaction to the eye and resolution to the tasks which it was created to address. This one does; and though it may not be properly represented as a carnival of delights (although I still contend it is that, too) the base package should most certainly be represented as a tool that can render the Anglican heart wiser in its affections and send the Anglican mind back to its daily work rejoicing.

The usefulness of the base packages for clergy,  academics, and licensed lay workers is almost too obvious to warrant comment (though it does bear saying that I cannot imagine anyone’s undertaking seminary training nowadays without having a base package duly tucked, quite literally, into his or her tool box.) Since I am neither professional clergy nor a practicing academic, however, and since, pray God, my days of graduate school are all well behind me, I can speak credibly only about the pleasure and the comfort and, perhaps, even the glory  of having, ready to hand at the click of a mouse, the primaries of Anglicanism . . . its great documents, its ecclesial proceedings and decisions, its political debates and theological arguments, etc. . . . as well as authoritative and respected commentaries on everything from our evolving theology over the centuries to our ever-evolving and shifting role in the political and secular life of the world.

A base package may not be for everyone . . . in fact, I doubt that it is . . . but for professionals and also for all of us who yearn toward more intimacy with who and what we are and more familiarity with the ways by which we and our theological forebears arrived at our own place in history, it is a benison of the first order.

See what so impressed Phyllis Tickle—get an Anglican base package today. Use coupon code ANGLICANBP to get 15% off!

Scripture in the Anglican Tradition: The Story of the King James Bible

the-holy-bible-king-james-version“[W]hat has influenced the whole history of England and America more than the King James Bible?” —Leland Ryken

The King James, or Authorized, translation of the Bible is one of the most popular and influential books ever published. In his history of the King James translation, God’s Secretaries, Adam Nicolson reckons that more than five billion copies have been sold since the KJV’s completion in 1611. Its influence goes beyond its intended use “to be read aloud in churches” into the realm of poetry, literature, music, and politics. In his book In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture, Alister McGrath argues:

Without the King James Bible, there would have been no Paradise Lost, no Pilgrim’s Progress, no Handel’s Messiah, no Negro spirituals, and no Gettysburg Address. These, and innumerable other works, were inspired by the language of this Bible. Without this Bible, the culture of the English-speaking world would have been immeasurably impoverished.

The Oxford English Dictionary counts 257 English idioms that the King James translation coined or popularized. Phrases such as “out of the mouths of babes” and “fly in the ointment” are still part of the popular lexicon. [Read more...]

The Anglican Church: Scripture, Reason, and Tradition

Richard HookerPart of what makes the Anglican Church the via media (middle way) is the conviction that its beliefs and practices must derive from a thorough integration of Scripture, reason, and tradition. Though it’s impossible to achieve a perfect equilibrium, Anglicans believe that we are in danger of teaching and living heresy if we highlight one of these categories such that it excludes the others.

Richard Hooker

One of the earliest understandings of the concept of integrating Scripture, reason, and tradition comes from Richard Hooker. He argues that the Church has authority to establish governance and order (reason) and that though it has authority in doctrine, it cannot deviate from the faith that has been handed on to it (tradition):

“Be it in matter of the one kind or of the other, what Scripture doth plainly deliver, to that the first place both of credit and obedience is due; the next where-unto is whatsoever any man can necessarily conclude by force of reason; after these the voice of the Church succeedeth. That which the Church by her ecclesiastical authority shall probably think and define to be true or good, must in congruity of reason overrule all other inferior judgments whatsoever.” —Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, book V, 8:2

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Get Updates on Products in the Anglican Tradition

Book of Common PrayerLogos is adding resources that focus specifically on the Anglican/Episcopalian tradition. To that end, Logos has made me the Anglican product manager and tasked me with identifying important works from the Anglican/Episcopalian tradition that we can add to our existing Anglican products. As someone who just completed a thesis on early nineteenth-century Anglicanism (particularly the Oxford or Tractarian Movement), I am aware of many products we can add and very enthusiastic about the pairing of Anglican products with Logos’ powerful platform.

Often considered the Via Media (middle way), Anglicanism has historically drawn on resources from a wide variety of Christian traditions in addition to its own. Consequently, Anglicans will benefit from having their own specific resources integrated into Logos’ extensive product line (some 32,000 titles from all Christian traditions).

The Anglican tradition has significantly influenced other Christian traditions. The King James Version of the Bible was produced at the command of King James I for use in Anglican worship. Anglican bishop Thomas Ken wrote the familiar Doxology “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.” The poets John Donne and George Herbert were both writing from the Anglican tradition. More recently, the influential writings of C. S. Lewis, the biblical scholarship of N. T. Wright, the theology of J. I. Packer and John Stott, and the evangelistic/educational Alpha Course have all come out of Anglicanism. So, whether you are Anglican or not, this new product is good news. You’ll have access to the wealth of Anglican resources alongside the abundance of resources from other Christian traditions.

Under the mercy,
Benjamin Amundgaard

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