In a major survey of the church on both sides of the Atlantic, Roger Steer explores the little-known story of evangelical Anglican-Episcopal church history. This is the story of a brand of Christianity which, at its best, has burned with the fire both of holiness and evangelism, writes Steer. As he charts the contribution evangelicals have made to the Anglican story, the author captures the zeal, commitment, and burning spirituality that have characterized the best manifestations of Anglican evangelicalism from the days of Wycliffe and the Lollards to the era of the present archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey. Through examining the theological roots of contemporary evangelicals such as John R.W. Stott, J.I. Packer, and Alister McGrath, Guarding the Holy Fire reveals the tensions the commitment to evangelicalism has produced in individual lives. Steer also analyzes the state of the Anglican Church of England and the American Episcopal Church today and gives a lively assessment of the role evangelicals might play in the respective churches in the new millennium. Evangelical Episcopalians, fans of Stott, Packer, and McGrath, and anyone interested in church history will enjoy this authoritative book on Anglican-Episcopal history.
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