A Listmania! list by Bill Barto(Fairfax, Virginia United States)
The list author says: "I am often frustrated by individuals who purport to have the answers for the problems facing Anglicanism but who do not know much (if anything) about Anglicanism in its classical form. This list is intended to provide a number of resources for someone seeking to know more about Anglicanism before it took its 20th century form without requiring a degree in historical theology."
"Any exploration of classic Anglicanism should begin here to see what all the shouting is about. The Book of Common Prayer (and its implicit theology) is, in many ways, what still holds the Anglican Communion together. It is also a wonderful devotional resource for Christians of any tradition. And this is a beautiful and sturdy edition!"
"This is the essential reference. Buy it immediately. Read, mark, inwardly digest, and then read it some more. The contributors are a who's who of intellectual Anglicanism, and represent an irenic sampling of authorities and perspectives."
"It could be said that much of Anglican thought and practice is just a footnote to Richard Hooker, and this is the work that contains much of the "judicious" Hooker's wisdom. Not an easy read, but worth the investment of time and effort (and money!)."
"The Homilies were intended for ordinary parish clergy (who might be lacking in meaningful theological training) to read to their parishioners, and function as a popular systematic theology of classical Anglicanism. Thanks to Regent for republishing this classic."
"The Articles of Religion are overlooked by many contemporary Anglicans, and yet they were (are) one of the many gifts of classical Anglicanism. This account (although subtitled "Their Place and Use Today") is a good account by a solid Anglican theologian of the significance of these pearls of great price."
"While not strictly limited to "classical" Anglicans, this is a wonderful survey of what the author calls Anglican "identities" over time. The introduction provides great insight into the thinking of the current Archbishop of Canterbury and is worth the purchase price alone."
"Why is this one on here? In a word, perspective. This is a topical/historical/comparative overview of a variety of doctrinal aspects of Christianity. The author frequently includes discussion of Anglican perspectives when addressing the various topics under consideration."
"The author is a bishop in the American church, and has a wonderful eye for what happened to Anglican thought in the centuries immediately after the English Reformation. Whatever you think about the author's subjective take on the developments, he is painstakingly accurate in recounting what did happen in Anglican thought (for better or worse) through the seventeenth century."
"The Articles of Religion have been firmly embedded at the core of Anglicanism since 1571, and yet much of modern Anglicanism could be grossly described as a flight from the positions staked out in the 39 Articles. The author is profoundly learned and very objective in his assessment of the meaning and importance of the Articles, then and now."