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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

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 lively and at times controversial, but very readable …

One person found this helpful.
 on 26 April 2017
By Mr. J. W. Kerry
A lively and at times controversial, but very readable account of the progress (or otherwise) of the Church of England over the past 40 years from the perspective of the authors. Parts of this will enrage, parts explain,parts will have you shouting ‘no,no no’. The writers do not pull their punches – no one, however exalted, is immune from their critical gaze. Undoubtedly there is more to be said as a case for the defence, but this book is a helpful read for anyone concerned about the state of the Church of England today or just bewildered as to how things got to be as they are.

I would recommend this book to anyone

One person found this helpful.
 on 11 May 2017
By Anne Leslie
I would recommend this book to anyone. It’s imperative that everyone who believes in Christianity reads this and see the steady decline in the church over the years, it’s quite shocking. Thank ypu to the author of this book.

Five Stars

2 people found this helpful.
 on 1 March 2017
By Wensleydale Wanderer
A good analitical study

Insightful

 on 2 August 2017
By Amazon Customer
Very interesting insight and seems to reflect current situation well

The book carries its story very easily even though there has been substantial research and experience behind it

4 people found this helpful.
 on 5 April 2017
By Roger
When this book arrived I thought I would just glance at it before getting on with something else. A little while later I was finishing the first chapter, it was that engaging a read.

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.

Five Stars

 on 29 October 2016
By Amazon Customer
Excellent

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