Welcome to Anvil
Who we are
Index of articles
Anvil is an Anglican evangelical
journal of theology and mission. It aims to encourage clear and
creative thinking and practice in theology and mission, through
open, scholarly debate. While the journal stands clearly in an Anglican
evangelical tradition, it seeks to engage constructively with other
other Christian traditions both within and beyond the Anglican
Communion. Anvil has a particular concern to reflect the unity
and diversity of the church worldwide.
We aim to publish original articles by contemporary writers, whether
established or not, which are of high quality and theological
We aim to review recently published books in the fields of:
- Biblical Studies
- Christian Doctrine and Philosophy
- Ethics, Pastoral Studies and Mission
- Worship and Spirituality
- Church History and Biography
Our reviews aim to help our readers keep abreast of recent scholarship
and determine which new books they need to read.
THE ORIGINS OF ANVIL
Anvil is for people with an interest in theology, but with limited time
to read deeply. They may be well-informed lay people, ordained in
parish ministry, or training for ministry in the church. They tend to
be people who wish to study theology and mission in order to apply it
within their lives and churches.
Anvil tries to reach people in the Church of England,
the wider Anglican Communion and beyond, who have an interest in and
influence upon the practical out-working of theology and mission.
These are people who take their faith seriously.
They may find popular magazines too light-weight, or may find many serious journals too academic.
Anvil began in 1984 as an initiative of the six Anglican
evangelical theological colleges and the Church of England
Evangelical Council. Their concern was to have a journal which
focused on theology and mission, which was open to the whole
range of Anglican evangelical thought and debate, and which
provided an arena for discussion and debate on issues of
concern to the church. Contributors and articles were intended
to be (in the main) from the full breadth of the Anglican
evangelical spectrum, but also including wider perspectives
(from outside Anglicanism and from outside Evangelicalism)
where it was helpful and appropriate.
Why did Anvil come into being at that particular time?
Shortly before, most of the Editorial Board of the Anglican
evangelical journal Churchman had been removed
by the owners of that journal, the Council of Church Society.
The grounds for their removal seemed to be a concern that
articles and book reviews in Churchman were
expressing views or coming from perspectives which the
Council of Church Society regarded as unacceptable in a
journal aimed primarily (but not exclusively) at the
Anglican evangelical family. A short series of articles
on the nature and interpretation of Scripture were highlighted
as exemplifying this concern; the views expressed in some of
these articles were considered not to be appropriate in an
Anglican evangelical journal of theology.
Those removed from the Editorial Board, and a good number of
others, believed that it was important to have a journal
representing the full range of the Anglican evangelical
spectrum, rather than a narrower range of views - and
so they began the consultations which resulted in the
beginning of Anvil. Along the way, the journal self-consciously
took on the mantle of being a journal 'for theology
and mission ', recognising the vital importance of the
gospel imperative to late twentieth-century Anglican churches.
The first volume included an assessment of the state of
Anglican Evangelicalism by Colin Buchanan and two fine
articles on interpreting Scripture by John Goldingay -
and the second issue of the year focused on the (then revolutionary)
Tiller report on the future of the church's ministry.