The Origins of Anglican Moral Theology

In The Origins of Anglican Moral Theology Peter H. Sedgwick shows how Anglican moral theology has a distinctive ethos, drawing on Scripture, Augustine, the medieval theologians (Abelard, Aquinas and Scotus), and the great theologians of the Reformation, such as Luther and Calvin. A series of studies of Tyndale, Perkins, Hooker, Sanderson and Taylor shows the flourishing of this discipline from 1530 to 1670. Anglican moral theology has a coherence which enables it to engage in dialogue with other Christian theological traditions and to present a deeply pastoral but intellectually rigorous theological position. This book is unique because the origins of Anglican moral theology have never been studied in depth before.

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Peter H. Sedgwick studied Modern History and Theology at Cambridge, and Durham. He was Principal of St Michael’s College, Cardiff. He is a member of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission and Honorary Research Associate at Cardiff University.
"This is an excellent book that makes a significant contribution and develops an important argument. The structure of the book shows up both the character and force of the argument and immediately raises some questions for further enquiry. This is a focused study of the origins of Anglican moral theology and is very welcome at this time." Bruce Kay, Charles Sturt University, in: Theology 122.6 (2019).

"This is an outstanding piece of work. (...) It is both comprehensive in its scope and rigorous in its analysis. It is a scholarly piece of work, unique in its genre. It makes clear that Anglican moral theology stands within a far wider and longer tradition and cannot be understood adequately except from within that context. (...) Sedgwick’s analysis is a gift both to Anglican scholarship and the enrichment of practical theology." — The Rt Revd Dr Stephen Platten, Chaplain to St. Martin-within-Ludgate, in: Crucible: The Journal of Christian Social Ethics, April/June 2019.

"(...) Sedgwick’s bold efforts in this hard-working book should generate much further discussion. For this and for its careful scholarship, it is very welcome." — Prof. Robin Gill, Emeritus Professor of Applied Theology, University of Kent, and Acting Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Gibraltar.
"This is the first scientific work that I know of which shows how the Anglican moral theological tradition as a separate discipline originated between the years 1530 to 1690. Sedgwick begins by drawing the reader’s attention to pre-Reformation roots of Anglican morals, and in his fine reader-friendly analytical narration he also indicates the links this tradition has to other Christian moral traditions. In that sense, this is a path-breaker for promoting Receptive Ecumenism. Having read this work, I am convinced now that Anglican moral theology is more pastoral than juridical, something we, Roman Catholics, have to learn." — Prof. Vimal Tirimanna, CSsR, Alphonsianum University, Rome
"Rich debates among the leading figures in the early development of the Anglican tradition of moral theology are brought to life in this book. Fundamental doctrinal questions, the significance of casuistry, pastoral and pedagogical concerns are explored with careful attention to detail, respect for the interweaving of Roman Catholic and Reformed commitments and sensitivity to the political upheavals of the time. Sedgwick’s final appeal to remember and reinvigorate this tradition is earnest and timely." — Susan Parsons, Journal Editor, Studies in Christian Ethics
"As moral theology becomes more and more sophisticated – and more and more theological – there is a pressing need for a fuller exploration of the resources offered by various Christian traditions. In this erudite and insightful book, Peter Sedgwick provides an exemplary essay on the background and development of the distinctive Anglican contribution to the discussion, in a way that combines historical learning with an acute sensitivity to current debate. A fine and very necessary study." — Rowan Williams, Magdalene College, Cambridge
"A major contribution to the understanding of Anglican identity and thought, this comprehensive history of Anglican moral theology moves from scripture and the early church through Richard Hooker and the 17th century works of English casuists. Here is a genealogy of sources, assumptions, contexts, and purposes that form the past, shape subsequent moral theologies, and must be re-addressed in our present, post-colonial, post-Christian world." — Timothy F. Sedgwick, The Clinton S. Quin Professor of Christian Ethics, Virginia Theological Seminary
All interested in Christian ethics, moral theology, early modern European intellectual history and Anglicanism; scholars and students of theology; those training for the Anglican ministry.