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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

How do we get back from here?

 on 1 December 2017
By Hereward the Wakeful
Excellent book outlining how the Church managed to shoot itself in both feet by alienating significant portions of lay society – particularly an entire gender! – by forgetting that one of the foundation stones of Christianity is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, an ethos which includes charity and toleration. Perhaps some of the old men of the Church, those that counted at the time the book focuses on, forgot that Christianity did not spring up ready-made in 30/33AD but has evolved throughout its history and while its position has rightly altered over many things, female clergy being a case in point, their blindly self-destructive struggle against sensible change has caused massive damage to society’s view of the Church’s relevance to ordinary lives. How do we get back from here?

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

Explains why leadership is so important, buy examining the …

 on 31 October 2016
By D. J. Maidment
Explains why leadership is so important, buy examining the leadership experienced in the `C of E fro at least one generation.

Five Stars

 on 22 February 2018
By Amazon Customer
Brilliant

like the authors

 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.

A lively and at times controversial, but very readable …

 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.

Five Stars

 on 9 November 2016
By Mr Ernest R Kellow
Very challenging, bringing together some very potent issues for consideration
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