A New Book

This afternoon I received notice that the manuscript of my former History professor and Advisor, Dr. Gary W. Jenkins (3rd picture down), has been published and is available for purchase sometime at the end of the year. See here.

It looks quite interesting. I think I’m going to need to purchase it and give it a thorough read. Knowing Dr. Jenkins, it is written very well, probably has a dose of humor thrown in somewhere, and is exact in supporting documentation of his thesis.

Below is the summary of the book.

John Jewel and the English National Church
The Dilemmas of an Erastian Reformer
Gary W. Jenkins

John Jewel (1521-1571) has long been regarded as one of the key figures in the shaping of the Anglican Church. A Marian exile, he returned to England upon the accession of Elizabeth I, and was appointed bishop of Salisbury in 1560 and wrote his famous Apologia pro ecclesiae Anglicanae two years later.

The most recent monographs on Jewel, now over forty years old, focus largely on his theology, casting him as deft scholar, adept humanist, precursor to Hooker, arbiter of Anglican identity and seminal mind in the formation of Anglicanism. Yet in light of modern research it is clear that much of this does not stand up to closer examination. In this work, Gary Jenkins argues that, far from serving as the constructor of a positive Anglican identity, Jewel’s real contribution pertains to the genesis of its divided and schizophrenic nature. Drawing on a variety of sources and scholarship, he paints a picture not of a theologian and humanist, but an orator and rhetorician, who persistently breached the rules of logic and the canons of renaissance humanism in an effort to claim polemical victory over his traditionalist opponents such as Thomas Harding.

By taking such an iconoclastic approach to Jewel, this work not only offers a radical reinterpretation of the man, but of the Church he did so much to shape. It provides a vivid insight into the intent and ends of Jewel with respect to what he saw the Church of England under the Elizabethan settlement to be, as well as into the unintended consequences of his work. In so doing it demonstrates how he used his Patristic sources, often uncritically and faultily, as foils against his theological interlocutors, and without the least intention of creating a coherent theological system.

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