The Rev. Dick Begbie: “The Anglican Faith: A Layman’s Guide”
I am reposting this because I do think “The Anglican Faith: A Layman’s Guide” is a very helpful book. One thing that continues to concern me is the level of literacy in theological and doctrinal matters among our laity. I know there are some very knowledgeable men and women among our laypeople – certainly there are a number of bloggers, for example, out there who are laypeople and from whom I have learned much. But at the same time we have other laypeople who simply have never been taught the true richness of Anglican doctrine and practice. Such is one reason I highlight the theological books you see mentioned here.
But it is also true that many (though not all) of these books require a certain amount of theological knowledge to even begin to comprehend them – in other words, one would almost need to already be a theologian to use them. With that in mind, I would like to highlight a PDF book available for download from the Latimer Trust, “The Anglican Faith: A Layman’s Guide” by the Rev. Dick Begbie of South Africa. This book approaches doctrine by using the Thirty-Nine Articles, and goes article by article for laypeople; indeed, it was written expressly for laity. If you are interested in a book on the Anglican faith written for laypeople, please give “The Anglican Faith: A Layman’s Guide” a look.