In this series we'll try to figure out whether there really is a distinctively Anglican way of being a Christian — spoiler alert: there is! — and will do so by reading poets and preachers, hymn writers and storytellers, all of whom will bring us pleasure and draw us deeper into our life in Christ.
I have long believed that, despite all the issues on which Anglicans disagree, there really is an Anglican Way: a disposition more than a collection of propositions, and a disposition grounded in the biblical witness to Jesus Christ and in the shared life to which he calls the members of His Church. Because the Anglican Way is a disposition, even Anglicans can be unaware of it — which is one reason why Anglicans tend to underrate their own tradition. Also because it’s a disposition, the Anglican Way can be hard to define: you have to see it in action to get a grip on its character.
I’ve prepared this page so you can read for yourself some of the texts I’ll be focusing on — plus a few others we won’t have time to talk about.
About the Presenter
Alan Jacobs, Ph. D., is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University. His most recent books include The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography and a critical edition of Auden’s The Age of Anxiety (both Princeton University Press, 2013). He is the author also of Original Sin: A Cultural History (HarperOne, 2008) and The Narnian: The Imagination of C. S. Lewis (Harper, 2005). Forthcoming works include How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds (slated for October 2017 from Convergent) and The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Intellectuals and Total War (2018). He is a Contributing Editor at The New Atlantis and blogs at Text Patterns. Alan’s website is ayjay.org.
September 17: It All Starts with the Prayer Book: An introduction to how worship shapes our theology and our theology shapes our worship.
- A wonderful site featuring many versions of the BCP
- If you buy my book on the BCP I won’t complain
September 24: Priests and Poets
October 1: Lifehacking Your Way to Holiness *
- Jeremy Taylor, The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living
- Taylor, The Rule and Exercises of Holy Dying
- William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life
October 8: Singing Our Theology
October 15: The Arts of Preaching
October 22: Why Anglicans Are Great at Apologetics I
October 29: Why Anglicans Are Great at Apologetics II
November 5: More Priests and Poets
* “Lifehacking” is a joke, people. Calm down.