Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail

Why do so many evangelicals find themselves attracted to liturgical traditions today Robert E Webber suggests some answers by describing his own migration from an evangelical denomination to the Episcopal Church Webber found that the Anglican tradition met six important needs a sense of mystery in religious experience, a Christ centered worship experience, a sacramentaWhy do so many evangelicals find themselves attracted to liturgical traditions today Robert E Webber suggests some answers by describing his own migration from an evangelical denomination to the Episcopal Church Webber found that the Anglican tradition met six important needs a sense of mystery in religious experience, a Christ centered worship experience, a sacramental reality, a historical identity, a feeling of being part of Christ s entire church, and a holistic spirituality Six other evangelicals who made similar pilgrimages join Webber in sharing their stories and their dreams for new openness in which God s people, both liturgical and free church, will find increased value in each other s heritage.
Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail Why do so many evangelicals find themselves attracted to liturgical traditions today Robert E Webber suggests some answers by describing his own migration from an evangelical denomination to the Episc

  • Title: Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail
  • Author: Robert E. Webber
  • ISBN: 9780819214768
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. I LOVE THIS BOOK!I would recommend reading it in three parts and in an order that flows differently from the book. First, read the personal stories of individuals who have "walked the Canterbury Trail" from an Evangelical to Episcopal Church in part two (chapters 7-11). Next, go back and read Dr Webber's original book in part one (chapters 1-6). Finally, finish up with part three (chapters 12 & 13), which is an update on the various Anglican and Episcopal options today (an unnecessary additi [...]

    2. The late Robert Webber was one of the most prominent proponents of the “ancient-future faith.” Through his works, along with that of others such as Thomas Howard and Thomas Oden, many low-church evangelicals have become attracted to the liturgical churches. “Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail” specifically focuses on Webber’s own pilgrimage into the Episcopal (Anglican) Church, although in the introduction he also notes that there is also a movement of Protestants streaming into more [...]

    3. As Obi-Wan Kenobi told Luke Skywalker, "That's good! You've taken your first step into a larger world," that is precisely what this book seems to have done. For anyone coming from a Fundamentalist/Evangelical world, such a book that explores a journey towards Anglicanism may seem incongruous to classic biblicism. What this book has done for me is given me permission to continue exploring that world without any commitments and without tossing overboard any of my biblical convictions. True, questi [...]

    4. I really enjoyed the first 1/2 to 3/4 of this book - Robert Webber's journey and the journey of several others was very inspiring and fascinating. The last part of this book, however, were essays in response to Webber, mostly written in a very dry and academic tone, rather than the personal tone that the beginning of the book was written in. To be honest, I had to skim most of that last section, which is why I knocked down the rating of this book. This book's strong spot was the personal account [...]

    5. This book was fine but it was a very surface level exploration of the merits of liturgical settings like Anglicanism. I had hoped for more depth.

    6. I just saw I actually read the revised edition instead of this one, but as I gather from the introduction the gist of the work is the same between editions, with some new testimonies of people walking the road from an evangelical expression of faith to a more liturgical and sacramental way of being church, as exemplified by the Anglican tradition. Last year I myself (together with my then fiancee, now wife) started visiting an Anglican church in The Hague (Netherlands), which was the best decisi [...]

    7. I guess that becoming a mainline Protestant, after being raised a fundamentalist, would be a huge choice in the 1970s. Perhaps the lines were sharper and more watchfully enforced back then.However as an evangelical raised, in varying degrees, in fundamentalist churches during the 1990s, my own drift into becoming Anglican hasn't felt as huge. Perhaps being raised in a home whose heroes were often ecumenists would help with that. Now, having drifted out of the reformed, capital R!, church, and st [...]

    8. Robert Webber's Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail is old enough now (1985) to be considered a relic (if not a classic). For example, he perceives his pilgrimmage to the Episcopal church as part of a larger, growing trend among evangelicals going back to (liberal) mainline denominations (p.11). He must regret that prediction!! Still the book is a good topic, very readble, and makes some decent points. 174pp. Its divided into two parts. First part Webber explains how the Anglican tradition met [...]

    9. Overall, the book was good but not great. It touched upon some things that I really connected with. For example, a description of the evangelical's longing for something more spiritual, more ancient, and more participatory. All of which is found along the Canterbury Trail in the liturgy of the Episcopal Church. However, I found the book to be severely lacking. For one, it's dated (originally written in 1989). The churches and the issues that Webber describes, both the ones he came from and the o [...]

    10. Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail by Robert E. Webber is a book I needed to read. Perhaps it would have been even better if I had read it when I first started attending an Episcopal church in grad school. The book is mostly a story, the first half Webber’s personal story from evangelicalism to the Episcopal church, and the second half the stories of other like-minded evangelical pilgrims on the Canterbury trail, so to speak. Webber frames his own story as a search for six needs that he foun [...]

    11. Robert Webber, with help here and there from some fellow "pilgrims", shares his own journey down the "Canterbury Trail" and manages to make some really strong points along the way. The appeal of a more formal, liturgical, holistic and historically-grounded Protestant tradition (Anglicanism) to an increasing number of contemporary evangelicals is explained in a way that is mostly right on the mark, as far as it goes. The casual, ahistorical ethos of the contemporary church (in America, especially [...]

    12. EDIT: I am no longer enamored of Webber's project for the following reasons: 1) he never asks, "How did God tell us to worship?", and 2) The "church" he is looking for in here is non-existent.Half of the book is Webber's own pilgrimage to the Anglican church. It's like an autobiographical account of his ancient-future books. In other words, what distinguishes Christian worship from Mosque worship?The answer is best seen in defining worship as the public enacting of God's narrative. He does a goo [...]

    13. Webber's method and writing style leave much to be desired if you are interested in the liturgical church and its appeal - as a man who came out of the independent Baptist church, Webber still uses the lens of "whatever I like for worship is good worship", as his focus is almost exclusively individual, even as he applauds the communal, historical, and transcendent in the liturgical church. What's more, his glossing of the theological differences in the ECUSA from historic Christianity look much [...]

    14. For some reason I never read the original edition of this book though I did have the opportunity to meet Bob Webber before he died. I read other, similar books of evangelicals who tired of the narrow rational Western protestantism and longed for a fuller, deeper connection to the ancient faith (such as Thomas Howard's Evangelical is not Good Enough). This revision of Dr. Webber's book adds material from others who caught his vision and took their own journey to an ancient-future style of worship [...]

    15. After Frank Beckwith went back to the Catholicism of his youth he gave an interview to Christianity Today where he echoes two of the reasons that I left the charismatic Protestantism of my youth: liturgy and a sense of history. "Looking at tradition would also help evangelicals learn about Christian liturgical traditions, like Eastern Orthodoxy and Catholicism, that many evangelicals reject because they say liturgy is unbiblical. When did these practices come to be? It turns out many of them cam [...]

    16. I do sympathize with his concerns about segments of the evangelical church, esp. the separatist/individualistic tendencies, the lack of historical roots, or the tendency of some to elevate doctrinal belief (esp. denominational distinctives) above proper worship/obedience. However, I was disappointed that he focuses on finding a worship "experience" that connects him to God and the Church instead of asking, "What does God's Word tell us about how we should worship in spirit and in truth?" So, in [...]

    17. Having recently met someone whose spiritual journey led them from conservative evangelicalism to the Episcopal church, I have been curious about how someone might explain it or what drew them along the way. This book, as well as Webber's book Worship Old and New, was recommended. I am grateful the author has shared his story, along with the stories of several other people who have followed similar paths which he includes at the end of the book. This book was written in 1985, and I wondered if he [...]

    18. I found this book to be both helpful and enjoyable. Engagingly written, Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail shares not only the author's journey into Anglicanism but also the journeys of others. I am aware that the original version of the book is not new, and this is made clear when Webber mentions dates from the 1960s. However, apart from those dates dropped in, this book feels every bit as applicable in 2016 as it may have felt when it was originally published. I saw bits of myself in all of [...]

    19. Lots to think about. I've never visited an Episcopalian church, don't know a lot about thembut I admire many Anglicans, so that's something. There is a part of me that is attracted to a more liturgical church, but that may just be the influence from friends and the Internet. In the meantime, I'm resistant, as going to a liturgical church regularly would feel like giving up on life.Good book overall, makes some good points, but is mostly story based, many of which I could relate to. It's hard for [...]

    20. A wonderful account of what draws individuals from more evangelical traditions into more liturgical traditions, specifically Anglican. Webber's own reasoning is sound and eye-opening, while the account of his journey and the journeys of others in the following chapters will grab the hearts and minds of the reader. Webber isn't evangelizing Anglicanism, but explaining the draw to himself and others, and this allows the reader to really explore the tradition without feeling pressed to leave their [...]

    21. This is almost a 5-star book. As one who lives in a divided home, I have often felt the tension between these branches of the Church. I have also witnessed an exodus of many evangelicals to the liturgical church, returning to their roots. I appreciate the testimonies of those who made fateful steps to the liturgical church and their struggles. This book was published 30 years ago. I'm not sure the gap between the branches has narrowed in that time. The free churches seem aloof to me, unwilling t [...]

    22. This is a very interesting personal narrative by a Wheaton scholar who journeyed from Evangelicalism to the Episcopal church during the late 1960's. It also includes narratives from several others who have made the journey down the Canterbury Trail more recently. The terminology can be a little confusing, since categories and affiliations within this branch of Christianity have changed quite a bit over the last several decades, but a later chapter in the revised edition of the book helps to clar [...]

    23. I enjoyed reading this book, I really did. Perhaps I didn't have jumping-up-and-down-in-rapturous-excitement moments, but I definitely had many comforting moments of identifying with the authors. My biggest wish is that, throughout the book, I had the feeling I should be reading the first edition - the many references to it made me feel like I was missing out on things that were no longer there. I didn't realize until after starting that the revised edition had been published after the original [...]

    24. I felt like this was mostly a book about the author's personal journey and attraction to "the Liturgical Church" and not really grounded in anything else. His "reasons" all seemed pretty similar and circular. Even though he has testimonies at the end of other people it mostly feels like he asked a bunch of his friends who followed his lead, and not a movement towards anything. I definitely like liturgy, mystery, sacraments, etc. but not because of this book.

    25. It was a pretty good read. Its been on my bookshelf for a while now. The last few chapters were a little rough. One person's personal story seemed to be a showcase of how large his interal thesaurus was. He would use textbook language in a narrative which was VERY distracting and tough to push through. Especially since the premise of the book is that its a collection of stories of writer's personal faith journey.

    26. A book that leads and Evangelical like to step into the world of the ancient Church. Webber wrote it by leading readers to vicariously experience some of his encounters in the traditional Churches. This book led me to find out more about the riches of our Christian history, liturgy and deep spirituality of Christian worship.

    27. Story of a man who grew up believing that Anglican/Catholics/Orthodox churches were wrong and probably not even Christian. His story, as a university professor at a Evangelical college and his becoming a Episcopalian, while still being a Evangelical. Is very well written and gave me a lot to think about.

    28. This is a good explanation of why Robert Webber and others have become Anglican/Episcopal. It ends with a chapter explaining how worship renewal is happening in other modern movements and denominations as well. I think anyone interested in Worship should read this book.

    29. This book is about the journey for evangelicals who are seeking a Christian experience that is more sacred, more in touch with the overall body of Christ and more poignant, ultimately, than the one that many of them grew up in.

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