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Hein publishes book on influential archbishop of Canterbury

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—A Hood College professor has co-authored a book that explores the significance one of the Church of England's most influential archbishops of Canterbury.

David Hein, Ph.D., professor of religion and philosophy at Hood, and Andrew Chandler, one of Britain's leading scholars in the history of the Church in the 20th century, have published Archbishop Fisher, 1945-1961: Church, State and World, a volume in the Archbishops of Canterbury series by Ashgate Publishing Company. The book discusses Fisher's influence on major contemporary issues and events, including divorce-law reform and capital punishment in the United Kingdom, and the end of British Empire and the most dangerous years of the Cold War abroad. The biography establishes the continuing significance not only of the office of archbishop in the Church but also of the Church at large in the turbulent late 20th century world. Through original source material, including letters, sermons and other writings, the book also brings to life the range and character of Fisher's public and private role.

As Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual head of the Anglican Communion, Fisher oversaw the revision of the Church of England's canon law, which replaced the canons of 1604 under which the church had been operating. He was the architect, politician and diplomat behind the creation of a worldwide Anglican Communion, an international association of Anglican and Episcopal churches and the world's third largest Christian body. Fisher is remembered for his visit to Pope John XXIII in 1960, the first meeting between an Archbishop of Canterbury and a Pope since the English Reformation, an ecumenical milestone.

A prolific writer and editor, Hein is co-editor of C.S. Lewis and Friends: Faith and the Power of Imagination and Captured by the Crucified: The Practical Theology of Austin Farrer; editor of Religion and Politics in Maryland on the Eve of the Civil War: The Letters of W. Wilkins Davis; co-author of The Episcopalians; and author of Noble Powell and the Episcopal Establishment in the Twentieth Century and more than 40 articles in professional journals. A well-known historian, Hein has been interviewed by NBC News, the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, the Associated Press and other media outlets.

In 2011 Hein was elected a Fellow of the United Kingdom's Royal Historical Society in recognition of his original and significant contributions to historical scholarship. He was twice recognized with Hood College's highest faculty award for scholarship and teaching.