An unprecedented international project in religious history led by Murdoch University has been supported by one of the world’s foremost academic publishers.
Oxford University Press in the United Kingdom has agreed to publish a five volume series called The Oxford History of Anglicanism.
Series editor Rowan Strong, who is Professor of Church History at Murdoch University, said this was the first time in its five centuries of publishing that Oxford University Press has agreed to such an extensive history of one Christian denomination.
“We are examining a religious identity that has been very contested over its history and has had a big impact, both positively and negatively, on many international societies and historical periods,” Professor Strong said.
“This project will give the Anglican Communion, scholars, and general readers a critical knowledge of its identity and demonstrate its extraordinary influence in societies around the world.”
Professor Strong is leading a team of more than 100 leading international scholars, from five continents, and will encompass a wide range of fields well beyond the institutional history of the Anglican Church.
In addition to the history of that Church throughout the world and over the past five centuries, historical investigation will look at art, music, architecture, politics, gender, mission, empire, inter-faith encounters and many other aspects of the multi-faceted history of this global phenomenon.
The international team of editors includes Professor Anthony Milton (University of Sheffield); Professor Jeremy Gregory (University of Manchester); Dr Jeremy Morris (Dean of King’s College, Cambridge); and Dr William Sachs (Director of the Center for Interfaith Reconciliation, Virginia, USA).
It is expected that publication of the entire series will occur by 2016.