The Rev. Dr. Peter Carrell addressed the Latimer Fellowship of New Zealand in a talk entitled, "Anglican Evangelicals: Mainstream or Taliban?"
Alongside the orthodox beliefs of Christian faith enshrined in the Nicene and Apostle’s Creeds, our theological commitments as evangelicals probably include the following beliefs at their core:
- the death of Jesus was the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2.2);
- the supreme authority of Scripture on all matters of faith and practice (though such a statement cannot be found in those words in either the Book of Common Prayer or in A New Zealand Prayer Book, they are implied by Articles 6, 7, 8, 17, 20, and 21 of the Thirty-Nine Articles);
- the necessity of each believer being in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
As far as being Anglican is concerned I must be slightly more speculative in second guessing what we value! My hunch is that as Anglican evangelicals we particularly value the following:
- the reformed heritage of the Church of England, expressed in the Thirty-Nine Articles, and in the Book of Common Prayer, both of which are formularies of our Anglican Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia;
- a covenantal theology of baptism which is inclusive of our children;
- an understanding of communion which is not restricted to one interpretation;
- episcopal leadership;
- freedom to explore dimensions of faith and practice (1) unbound by specific schools of evangelical theology (Calvinist, Lutheran, Arminian, etc), and (2) open to useful truth and insight from all Christian churches and movements.
Very interesting indeed. Emphasis on doctrine, the cross, the Bible, and an openness to Protestant theology. I especially like the note on covenant baptism.