THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

ANDREW CHANDLER
578pp ILLUS 2009 LIST PRICE: £25.00 (P) H544

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This is the first comprehensive picture of the life and work of the Church of England in the second half of the twentieth century, tracing the evolution of the Church at a time of immense upheaval. The Church was inevitably faced with the need for (sometimes painful) reform as society became more secularised and multi-cultural, and its response is examined. The book also gives a detailed portrait of the work of its archbishops and bishops, and tackles the controversial questions raised by financial matters and the administration of property. They include the financial speculations of the late 1980s and early 1990s, which provoked fundamental questions about the role of the Church and the nature of its relationship with the state.
A beautifully written . . . narrative, sensitively describing the dedicated attempts of generations of bureaucrats to tackle a bewilderingly complex task in a liberal and humane manner. ARCHIVES