The Rt. Rev. Keith Ackerman
Retired Anglo-catholic bishop of Quincy, active with Forward in Faith
and The International Catholic Conference of Anglicans
"I would argue that the Anglican Church has no inherent boundaries within itself.
Rather, in openness it has allowed the surrounding culture to set the boundaries for it." (Anglican Manifest, page 23.)
Ever since the publication of "Ye are the Body," by the late Fr. Bonnell Spencer, OHC, many Anglicans have sought books that would give both an overview and summary of major Christian moments in history. In many ways, "Anglican Manifesto," by Fr. Jack Estes, is a postscript to Fr. Spencer's excellent text book. Indeed, since we are in the midst of whatever au currant term one must use to describe Christianity in the 21st Century, succinct ways in which to diagnosis ecclesial problems become difficult. I am convinced that Fr. Estes has succeeded.
In a "death and dying" situation people and institutions attempt to enshrine a moment
when the Church was truly healthy. I am rather convinced that the new mantra of
"Reformation Theology" as a cure is indicative of that relative despair felt by many Anglicans
in attempting to bring "order out of chaos." Fr. Estes does not fall into the trap of enshrining either moments of modern Church history (16th century onwards) or even moments in Church history of the undivided Church. Reactionary theology and addressing symptoms of deeper theological and ecclesial deficits are not to be found in his book. Rather he has put before the Church a much larger and significant vision.
I would suggest that anyone who is serious about the Church to the extent that they see her as the Bride of Christ, rather than simply an institution, will find this excellent book to be helpful. Inherent in every section is a prognosis - a refreshing departure from many books being written today about the state of the Church. Indeed, also inherent in this book is a clarion call for what could well result in an Ecumenical Council.
"A revived and restructured fellowship of Anglican Churches could readily become a model and a catalyst for the reformation of the various Christian Fellowships worldwide."
Bishop Keith Ackerman