The Church of England in the Twentieth Century

The Church Commissioners and the Politics of Reform, 1948-1998

Andrew Chandler

Unique account of the affairs of the Church of England during a period of colossal change and controversy.
Date Published :
October 2009
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Boydell and Brewer
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ISBN : 9781843831655
Pages : 558
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
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ISBN : 9781843835011
Pages : 578
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This is the first comprehensive historical picture to be published of the life and work of the Church of England in the second half of the twentieth century. It traces the evolution of the Church in a period of immense upheaval, giving not only a detailed portrait of the work of its archbishops and bishops, but also exploring the Church's relationship with the State, the changes within its central institutions, and the response of the wider community to those changes. Placing the Church of England in its social context, Andrew Chandler examines the parochial reforms which arose in response to the realities of domestic and international migration, multi-culturalism and secularization. Other themes explored are the administration of property (particularly bishops' houses and the work of the cathedrals), 'ethical investment', and the recent crises which are still the subject of argument. Included among these are the financial speculations of the late 1980s and early 1990s, from which flowed controversies about the reform of the Church of England itself and the nature of its relationship with the state. ANDREW CHANDLER is Director of the George Bell Institute, Birmingham, and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Birmingham.

About The Author

Andrew Chandler is Director of the George Bell Institute and Reader in Modern History at the University of Chichester.


IntroductionThe Foundations of an InstitutionThe Age of SpeculationThe Cure of Souls and the Politics of ExpenditureThe Ancient Church and Modern SocietyThe Costs of the Episcopacy and the CathedralsThe Embarrassment of RichesThe Politics of MaintenanceReforming the ParishThe Struggle for the Stipend and the New AusterityThe Perils of the MarketsMaking and Amending: The Church under the Pastoral MeasureFour CampaignsThe Inflationary SpiralManaging CrisisAn Orderly RetreatThe Commissioners and the CommissionAppendix 1: Church Estates Commissioners and Secretaries to the Church CommissionersAppendix 2: The Basic Structures of the Church CommissionersAppendix 3: The Church Commissioners Measure, 1947Appendix 4: National Institutions Measure, 1998BibliographyIndex

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