That Was The Church That Was: How the Church of England Lost the English People

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The Church of England still seemed an essential part of Englishness, and even of the British state, when Mrs Thatcher was elected in 1979. The decades which followed saw a seismic shift in the foundations of the C of E, leading to the loss of more than half its members and much of its influence. In England today 'religion' has become a toxic brand, and Anglicanism something done by other people. How did this happen? Is there any way back?

This 'relentlessly honest' and surprisingly entertaining book tells the dramatic and contentious story of the disappearance of the Church of England from the centre of public life. The authors – religious correspondent Andrew Brown and academic Linda Woodhead – watched this closely, one from the inside and one from the outside. That Was the Church, That Was shows what happened and explains why.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2361 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum; 1 edition (28 July 2016)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019WRPC72
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Excellent witty analysis

 on 22 August 2017
By Lotta Continua
Brilliant assessment of the failings of the Church of England that charts the refusal of senior clergy to respond to change. Funny, charming and important

Five Stars

 on 29 October 2016
By Amazon Customer
Excellent

Rivetting combination of pertinent sociological analysis mixed with amusing gossip, not all new!

11 people found this helpful.
 on 1 August 2016
By Anthony Archer (awarcher@compuserve.com)
It’s actually very good and should be compulsory reading for all bishops and certainly all General Synod hacks like me. It lurches from Andrew Brown’s gossip (do we really have to have the late Gary Bennett, the late Derek Pattinson and John Habgood served up again?) to Linda Woodhead’s thoughtful sociological observations of a Church that has become wholly disconnected with the nation and community it is supposed to serve. And it does hark on about David Jenkins faith, or lack of it. Strong on lay discipleship, pro-HTB (broadly), very anti-Rowan, slightly less so Carey, pro-Welby (or at least his instincts). On bureaucrats, pro-Philip Mawer (in a sentence), anti-Willliam Fittall (in a paragraph) and rude about Caroline Boddington (somewhat unfairly in the case of these last two I feel). Two final snippets: “The evangelical model of ministry teams, where laity and clergy work in a genuine partnership, is one of the greatest reasons for their success. Even pastoral care needs to be done very largely by the laity: that is what following Jesus means in practice to many of those who still care a lot about it.” And: “Perhaps in a hundred years’ time, today’s disagreements over sexuality and feminism will come to be seem just as much culture-bound and just as little about the essentials of Christianity. But unless both sides concede – or, better, freely grant – that the other is actually Christian, there will soon be no one but historians to care.”

Readers of a certain age will recognize the similarity in the title to a well known satire and felt that it best to look at the

 on 2 January 2017
By Mr. M. Parnell
As someone who has been an active member of the Church of England throughout the period covered by this book it was interesting to read about the personalities that led the Church during these times. Half way through I became depressed at the rate of decline and wondered where are we now. Readers of a certain age will recognize the similarity in the title to a well known satire and felt that it best to look at the revelations that this book brings as satire. Perhaps that is the best way to look at content of the pages.

like the authors

One person found this helpful.
 on 14 February 2017
By Peter K
Although I had heard of most of the situations and circumstances written about in the thirty years or so of this study, I found it fascinating to read such in-depth and informed accounts of some of the ‘behind the scenes’ factors. It is one of those few academic books that I found hard to put down. I am not sure I agree with all of the authors’ suppositions about how the Church of England has staggered into decline and was surprised there was no mention of ‘safe-guarding’ failures, but a fascinating read, even though it left me overall despairing for the state of the Church. Thank goodness that, like the authors, I do have faith that God is bigger than all our human politicking and scheming.

Deeply readable mix of uncanny accuracy and some mistaken analysis

12 people found this helpful.
 on 1 September 2016
By R. S. Stanier
The first thing to say is that Brown and Woodhead have produced a brilliantly readable book. For example, their summary of the way the C of E works as an institution (beginning with “Hinduism is easier to explain to students than the Church of England”), while in some ways flippant, is actually the most lucid explanation I’ve ever read, and I learnt a lot from it, even though I’ve been ordained for ten years now: Brown finishes the five page digest with the wonderful line: “If that’s tedious to read, imagine how much more difficult it was to work with” before going on to explain George Carey’s difficulties. The book is laced with witty and incisive commentary.

A good read

2 people found this helpful.
 on 18 March 2017
By Alan Scott Brown
Very good and easy to read. Found some of the narrative too personal but the whole book shone a disappointing but in my experience realistic light on the CofE and demonstrated why it continues to lose influence in the life of the nation.

A great read, interesting and challenging

28 people found this helpful.
 on 29 July 2016
By Amazon Customer
And so, after the rumours and rumours of rumours, the book that didn’t get published last time gets published this time.

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