Sunday, December 28, 2014

Revised edition of "A History of the Episcopal Church" by Robert Prichard

Glad to see that my former professor from seminary, Dr. Prichard, has published a revised edition of his quite excellent book on the History of the Episcopal Church!


VTS announces the Publication of Revised Edition of The History of the Episcopal Church by The Rev. Robert W. Prichard

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Alexandria, Va. – VirginiaTheological Seminary (VTS) announces the publication of The History of the Episcopal Church - Third Revised Edition: Complete through the 78th General Convention (Morehouse, 2014), written by the Rev. Robert W. Prichard, Ph.D., the Arthur Lee Kinsolving Professor of Christianity in America, and Instructor in Liturgicsat Virginia Theological Seminary.
This insightful, all-encompassing chronicle spanning more than 400 years traces the fascinating rise of the Episcopal Church, founded in an age of fragmentation and molded by the powerful movements of American history: the Great Awakening; the American Revolution; the Civil War; two World Wars and the Depression; and the social upheavals of the post World War II years. This thorough, carefully researched history sets church events against the background of social changes. This third revised edition is be up-to-date through the events of the 2012 General Convention of the Episcopal Church.

"The Rev. Dr. Robert W. Prichard is judicious, thoughtful, and fair.  He has the gift of summarizing the most complex of questions," said the Rev. Ian S. Markham, dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary. "The new edition will continue to serve as the definitive history of our Church."

Prichard first taught at VTS as an adjunct faculty member in 1980, joining the faculty full-time in 1983. He is currently the Arthur Lee Kinsolving Professor of Christianity in America and Instructor in Liturgy. He completed his Ph.D. in church history at Emory University in Atlanta, where he focused on theological discourse in the 19th - century Episcopal Church. He previously earned an M.Div. at Berkeley at Yale Divinity School and an A.B. in Spanish at Princeton.

He is the author or editor of 9 books, including A History of the Episcopal Church (Morehouse 1991, 1999, 2014), the Nature of Salvation: Theological consensus in the Episcopal Church, 1801-73 (University of Illinois, 1997), and Cohabiting Couples and Cold Feet: A Practical Marriage-Preparation Guide for Clergy (Church Publishing, 2009). Prichard has served broadly in church and academy. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Episcopal Church Canon Law, the president of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, and a clerical deputy to General Convention (2006, 2009, 2012) from the Diocese or Virginia. 

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