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Statute of Limitations Proposed for Legacy of Troubles

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Church of England Considering Legislation Regarding Parishes Seeking Input on Proposals

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GAFCON Australia to Support Diocese for Those Forced from Anglican Church of Australia

GAFCON Australia to Support Diocese for Those Forced from Anglican Church of Australia Gafcon Australia has outlined its plan to support Anglicans who leave the Anglican Church of Australia over doctrinal revision which overturns the plain teaching of Scripture. At an...

Church of England Evangelical Council Reacts to Unorthodox Remarks by Bp of Liverpool

Church of England Evangelical Council Reacts to Unorthodox Remarks by Bishop of Liverpool The Church of England Evangelical Council has responded to a widely criticised public address and subsequent apology made last month by the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of...

Questions Out of LFF, Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir, I read the first article from Anglican Futures, regarding the document, Living In Love and Faith, [LLF] EC 8083. I found the article helpful, well presented and gives a clear overview of the document.  However, I found myself seriously disquieted and I raise...

Kenyan Bishop Appeals for Orphan Aid: Parental Deaths Due to HIV

Kenyan Bishop Appeals for Orphan Aid Parental Deaths Due to HIV  The Rt Revd John Orina Omangi, Bishop of the Kisii Missionary District in Eastern Kenya is appealing for assistance in caring for 100 children orphaned by the widespread HIV problem in the area.  Kisii...

Christianity & Craft Freemasonry, A Pastoral Guide for Christian Ministers

Christianity and Craft Freemasonry A Pastoral Guide for Christian Ministers Gerard Moate Latimer Trust, 2021 (ISBN: 9781906327705, 70pp) By 1964 a national commission of enquiry estimated the existence of 50,000 books and pamphlets on freemasonry. This literature has,...

Forgotten Reformer: Myles Coverdale

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And Just When You Thought You’d Heard Everything, Bats Communications Officer

Whilst considering reducing the number of clergy nationwide, the Church of England is advertising for someone to be employed as its, “Bats in Churches Communications Officer”.  The post, which is located in London, pays between £31,857 and £34,255 (pro rata).  The...

Pilgrim’s Proces: Baptism Depths of Meaning by Peter Sanlon

In my last column we looked at the Lord’s Supper.  Today, we take a look at the other sign our Lord Jesus instituted among us.  These signs, or sacraments, which God gives his people are both simple and profound. In their simplicity, God's grace is powerfully...

Protestant Eschatology

Dear Sir,

Regarding the letter by Mr. Parsons [EC 8078] and his plea for a Protestant Eschatology, I’m a little unsure what he means by a protestant view. If he is looking for a modern protestant view of eschatology with overall commonalities shared by Evangelicals then such a position does not seem to exist. The various millennial views and extravagant prophecy mongering, etc., says it all.

If however, he is thinking of an historical Protestantism as expressed by our Anglican Reformers then it was not a subject that they had time or inclination to deal with in a systematic manner. They were surrounded by numerous millennial sects, groups and ne’er do wells, but there were other doctrines far more pressing at that time which demanded their full, clear and unambiguous expositions. This is not to say they did not have views on eschatology, they did.

A good introduction to the whole topic, with ample bibliography for further study, might be Resurrection and Eschatology in the Reformation Formularies of the Church of England, 1536-1571, by Timothy Raoul Christopher Patrick, PhD dissertation, 2013. This is available free, online. The Reformers were not alone, either. For Roman Catholic views, another way in might be found in, English Catholic Eschatology, 1558 – 1603, by Coral Georgina Stoakes, PhD, dissertation, 2016. This is also free online. Full bibliographies are supplied, or course.

The material for such a study is ‘out there’. If the EC were to find a writer to explore the Reformer’s views [as opposed to the Puritan] as a series for the paper, as Mr Parsons wonders, it might, indeed, prove profitable.

John Dunn
Isle of Wight

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