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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing (January 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819214760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819214768
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,272,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lester Ruth is Research Professor of Christian worship at Duke Divinity School and professor of worship history at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Verification can be found at http://divinity.duke.edu/academics/faculty/lester-ruth and http://iws.edu/about/who/the-faculty/. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I look forward to reading webber's later work.
Stephen L. Hall
I found mention of Robert Webber's book while I searched online about Anglican/Episcopal/Liturgical topics.
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The first part of the book is a description of Webber's conversion to Anglicanism.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By David Bennett VINE VOICE on April 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
I had been drawn to the Anglican Church for about a year before I joined. I think it all started when I visited a Catholic church (followed by an Orthodox one) and experienced a deep sense of mystery. Then I started reading the Church Fathers of the 1st Millennium, as well as mystics. However, there were certain doctrines of the Catholic and Orthodox churches I could not accept (though don't get me wrong I believe they are Christians!). The next logical step of my yearning for mystery, and love of the church fathers was the Episcopal Church.
My story (with the Catholic visits and church fathers) resembles Webber's and the others' testimonies. While mine is slightly different it is not too far off. Webber came from a fundamentalist Baptist tradition (I was a United Methodist), which believed the church went apostate around 100 AD. Webber was also a die hard 5-point Calvinist (as he said '1st a Calvinist, then a Christian'). He also had negative attitudes toward mainline denominations, and especially Catholics. But he found the evangelical church lacking. There was no mystery; it all seemed either too rational or too emotionally subjective. He felt like many things were missing, namely mystery and symbolic worship (such as signing the cross, and anointing with oil). He said he had never felt the resurrection until he went to a Roman Catholic service. Until then the Resurrection was just a cold doctrine he felt like he had to defend.
Like Webber, I can still call myself an evangelical, but I don't mean it in the same way I used to. Like Webber, I have come to appreciate diversity in the church (as long as the creeds can be said honestly).
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Labarum VINE VOICE on June 11, 2003
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The transference of allegiances from one Christian tradition to another can often be a source of pain the converts' friends and family. A particular sore point is when one leaves for a Church that is viewed in one's former tradition as "highly suspect." Robert E. Webber understands these emotions well. Webber, a former Bob Jones University graduate who left the Evangelical Protestant movement for Anglicanism, was one of the first in a wave of prominent Evangelicals discovering liturgical worship. Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail is not as much a call for all Evangelicals to make a similar move, but an explanation - using his own experience as an example - as to why an Evangelical would make such a move. The overall tone is very irenic and seeks to promote a greater understanding among faithful Christians of all traditions.
The first part of the book is a description of Webber's conversion to Anglicanism. Rather than giving a strictly chronological telling of his trek, he approaches it from six different aspects of the Christian Faith (mystery, worship, sacraments, spiritual identity, the Church, spirituality) he came to believe were inadequately expressed in Evangelical Protestantism. The turning point in much of his discussion was his discovery of the Church Fathers. In them, he saw a far more balanced vision of Christianity - one he found expressed well in Anglicanism and the worship of the Book of Common Prayer.
The second part of the book consists of the personal testimonies of converts to Anglicanism. Although generally kind towards their former homes, it is obvious the deficiencies of modern Evangelical Protestant worship had taken its toll.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Robert Andrews on December 5, 2002
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For those who are looking at joining the Anglican Tradition then this book is a must read, though the reader must be warned that this book is not a staunch, detailed defence of Anglicanism over other evangelical denominations. Webber has a love for all evangelical traditions, though for him the Anglican Tradition met six important needs that other traditions did not. He explaines those within the book.
In my opinion Webber's book touches upon a more important issue that is rampant within conservative evangelicalism: rationalism.
For the conservative evangelical who is only concerned about his neat, ordered, boxed up theology, this book will not serve that purpose. Webber's journey into the Episcopal Church could also be titled "An Escape From Rationalism." He like myself have discovered that there is a whole lot more to Christianity than getting our theologies perfect.
One of Webber's reasons for joining the Anglican Tradition was needing what he called "a sense of mystery in religious experience", in other words this was saying that God cannot and will not be boxed up in some theological system.
I like Webber have also made the pilgrimage to Canterbury, I encourage others to explore also and to discover the beauty of the Anglican Tradition for themselves.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1999
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As a Bob Jones graduate and former Baptist, I found this book intriguing and consuming. While I appreciate my upbringing, I found it wanting; I found it lacking in providing me a direction to an intimate relationship with God. While helpful, it was as if I received only half of what I really needed for my Christian life. The book captured the feelings of dispair, questioning and longing I have felt for years. If you want more - if you are searching for meaning in your encounters with God - if you sense a quality of relationship and life missing between you and God, READ THIS BOOK! This book is highly recommended by one who has searched for years to find meaning. A word to Dr. Webber: THANK YOU! Thank you for your courage to reveal your inner feelings. It has helped so many.
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