Living Legacy A History of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland


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A History of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland

Editor Allan Davidson

Hardback, 2011, 432pages, very good condition, gift dedication on end page

“This history of the diocese of Auckland is worth reading by a wide range of Anglicans, not only in Auckland and New Zealand, but also those elsewhere who have an interest in colonial and cross-cultural histories. The editor, Allan K. Davidson, and his team of writers, have added to contemporary debates about the identity of Anglicanism and its development, particularly over the last half century or so. New Zealand has had a reputation for innovations. There was its early adoption of ordaining women to the priesthood in the 1970s, followed by its new prayer book in 1989. Then came its revised constitution in 1992, giving power to different cultural streams within the one church. The essays in this volume shed light on those developments and explain something of the context in which they emerged. To Anglicans elsewhere this may offer models to adopt, adapt, or perhaps avoid. Nevertheless, here is a history of how one diocese that was fully involved in all diese changes responded.nnThe diocese of Auckland covers the northern part of New Zealand and includes its largest city. The over-arching analysis of the diocese’s story is sketched by Davidson in his Introduction and Conclusion. Simply reading those two sections offers a view of the issues that have shaped the emergence of the diocese and, in many respects, the Anglican Church in New Zealand. The tension lines begin with the differences between Maori expectations and understandings of the church and European ones in the first half of the nineteenth century; differences that have never gone away. More recent are a set of anxieties: the increasing secularization over the last century, the decline in political and social influence, the dwindling and ageing membership, and the attempts to reshape and re-style the church for mission in a very different world. – Ken Booth,Anglican and Episcopal History, Vol. 81, No. 1 , March 2012