Dogmatic Theology Times Two: Griffith Thomas and Vernon Staley

It’s been a summer for reprinting old books on theology and it’s not quite over yet.  The Anglican Expositor is pleased to offer two more books on the subject of Dogmatic Theology.  The first is a classic by W.H. Griffith Thomas: The Catholic Faith.  Thomas walks the ready through the faith from a thoroughly evangelical perspective with two questions in mind: (1) What is the Church of England? and (2) What does the Church of England teach?  To answer those questions Thomas works his way through the doctrine, formularies, and worship of the Church, then moves on to discuss the practical implications of that faith.
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We’re also offering another classic, Vernon Staley’s The Catholic Religion.  This is another book on Dogmatic Theology which covers much of the same material as Thomas’ book.  Staley also works his way through the history of the faith; through the doctrines, formularies, and worship of the Church; and finally through the practical implications of the faith.  His purpose is the same as that of Thomas: to show the reader what it means to be an Anglican.  Staley, however, approaches the faith from a strongly Anglo-Catholic perspective.
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Thomas and Staley offer very generous fare, but from opposite sides of the table.  Griffith Thomas was very much a low-churchman, teaching at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, then at Wycliffe College, Toronto, before going on to assist Lewis Sperry Chafer in the founding of Dallas Theological Seminary.  Vernon Staley was very much an Anglo-Catholic known primarily for his writing on liturgy.  Both books are suitable for use with adult confirmands and newcomers to Anglicanism, but the best results are likely to be had when reading both books and finding the middle ground between the two perspectives they offer.

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One Response to Dogmatic Theology Times Two: Griffith Thomas and Vernon Staley

  1. ed weston says:

    Well done! Thomas’ “Catholic Faith” is a wonderful introduction for someone new coming into the Anglican Communion like myself. Staley is also most helpful and is a recommended book by the Anglican Catholic Church. He deals constructively with Marian devotion, Immaculate Conception and The Holy Communion.

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