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    Andrew Atherstone(Author) Andrew Goddard(Author)

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At every level of church life from the local congregation to worldwide denominations, Christians can find themselves in turmoil, and divided over a range of important issues. Many conclude that harmony is not achievable, and never will be. Can we, as Archbishop Justin Welby has asked, transform "bad disagreement" into "good disagreement"? What would that look like in practice?

This collection is designed to help readers unpack the idea of "good disagreement" and apply it to their own church situations. It doesn't enter into specific contentious debates, but instead considers issues such as reconciliation, division, discipline, peacemaking, mediation, and mission. It asks what needs to happen for those from differing viewpoints to both listen and be heard, and does not shy away from hard questions about unity in the gospel and the church's public witness.

The book draws lessons from the New Testament, church history, and contemporary experience, with chapters from a dozen theologians and practitioners. They are Andrew Atherstone and Andrew Goddard (the editors), Tory Baucum, Martin Davie, Lis Goddard, Clare Hendry, Toby Howarth, Ashley Null, Ian Paul, Stephen Ruttle, Michael B. Thompson, and Tom Wright.

Andrew Atherstone is Latimer research fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and is involved in a ministry of writing and speaking. His main research explores aspects of Protestant and Evangelical history. His first two books are The Martyrs of Mary Tudor (Day One 2005) and Oxford's Protestant Spy: The Controversial Career of Charles Golightly (Paternoster 2007). His latest book is a popular biography of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby Andrew Goddard is senior research fellow at the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, Cambridge. He is a well-known speaker and writer on Christian Ethics and is also editor of the Anglican theological journal Anvil, a fellow of the Anglican Communion Institute and a member of the Church of England's Faith and Order Advisory Group. He is a member of the Leadership Team of Fulcrum, the Board of Directors of the International Jacques Ellul Society and the Ethics Group of Grove Books. In November 2012 he was installed as an Honorary Canon of Winchester Cathedral in recognition of his services to the Anglican Communion.

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  • By Marcus Green on 27 February 2016

    This is a really interesting read - an exploration of whether evangelicals can take part in Archbishop Justin Welby's search for "Good Disagreement", and on what terms.For me, the best essay (by far) is Tory Baucum's, which alone is worth buying the book for. His experience, grace and wisdom in standing by his beliefs yet seeking good relations with those with whom he disagrees provides an excellent model for all of us. Michael Thompson always writes well and helpfully - his essay here is no exception, and his guidance, warnings and encouragements all strike home. My one disappointment was Tom Wright's essay; perhaps I just didn't get it. Sometimes the best of us struggle to keep up with Tom! Or perhaps I appreciated the experience led chapters over the agenda led ones.A good collection. Buy it for Tory's piece.

  • By Northa Scott Burnett on 15 February 2016

    An excellent, multi-faceted and balanced treatment of complex issues. Delightful to find it reflects the grace and truth of its subtitle and avoids the arrogant, polarizing denunciation which marks so much religious and political rhetoric these days.

  • By Arthur John Rowe on 18 March 2016

    Rather uneven in dealing with an interesting idea. It feels like a patch-work attempt to bring fundamental differences together.


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