New Nonfiction Work Probes Britain’s Bishops

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Michael Keulemans analyses the Anglican Episcopate

The job of a bishop has changed considerably since the days of the early Church, but the role of Anglican bishops in Britain since the 16th century Reformation has changed a lot less than might be expected.

In Bishops: the Changing Nature of the Anglican Episcopate in Mainland Britain the Revd. Mike Keulemans examines the New Testament and early Fathers to discover the roots of the Episcopal office, how it evolved during the Middle Ages, how it was refocused upon teaching the Faith by the Reformers and how the demands of the Establishment upon it have remained as strong as ever.

The backgrounds and careers of Anglican bishops between 1905 and 2005 are examined in detail. The results of a major survey of clergy, laity and retired bishops on attitudes to the episcopate conducted in 2007 are presented and analyzed. Suggestions for the reform of the episcopate are made and a practical solution offered to solve the conundrum of how to reconcile those who favor women bishops and those who do not.

This work provides a fresh perspective on Anglican bishops and makes the history of the Church of England both readable and absorbing.

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About the Author
The Reverend Michael Keulemans is currently Associate Priest in the Llanfyllin Group of Parishes with responsibility for Llanwddyn, a village in the Berwyn Mountains that supplies the City of Liverpool with its drinking water. He was ordained priest in 1993 and holds Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees from the University of Wales and was awarded the Merchant Navy Medal in 2005.

He worked for just under a quarter of a century as Warden of the M.V. Loach Project. Previously, he worked as a research assistant with an international oil journal, spent some time as an operational fireman in the London Fire Brigade and taught in primary and secondary schools in London and Kent. He served for seven years on the Church of England's Church Assembly and General Synod.

Bishops * by Micheal Keulemans
The Changing Nature of the Anglican Episcopate in Mainland Britain
Publication Date: December 19, 2011
Trade Paperback; £13.99; 315 pages; 978-1-4653-5394-8
Trade Hardback; £23.99; 315 pages; 978-1-4653-5395-5
eBook: £3.99; 978-1-4653-5393-1

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