Robin Parry – On Becoming Anglican

Robin Parry is the husband of but one wife (Carol) and the father of the two most beautiful girls in the universe (Hannah and Jessica). He also has a lovely cat called Monty (who has only three legs). Living in the city of Worcester, UK, he works as an Editor for Wipf and Stock — a US-based theological publisher. Robin was a Sixth Form College teacher for 11 years and has worked in publishing since 2001 (2001–2010 for Paternoster and 2010– for W&S).

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I have been part of charismatic evangelical nonconformist churches since 1987 and next month I am getting confirmed as an Anglican. Why, some have wondered, would I wish to join the crew and passengers of the Titanic. Here is my explanation.

My journey towards Anglicanism has been a very slow one.

In the 1980s I was very influenced by the view of church history common to most restoration movements. It goes like this:

In NT times everything was golden
Then it all went crap — lots of “religion” ‘n’ stuff (you know, Catholics and that lot)
Then along came Martin Luther and it got a bit better … but not better enough
Then came [fill in all the movements you approve of] and it got a bit better … but not better enough
Then came us — the church as a beautiful bride ready for the return of ChrIn my view, the British house church movement of the 1980s was where God was at and Anglicans were way off God’s radar. They were, in my view, pretty much apostate.

When I joined Oxford Community Church in 1987 I was horrified to discover that the leaders were in communion with some of the Anglican leaders. At best it was, in my humble opinion, a waste of time. (Those were the days when I knew everything about God — if only I had written it down!)

However, during my time in Oxford I occasionally visited a charismatic Anglican church called St Aldates and, though I had trouble admitting it to myself, I really appreciated the gatherings; in particular the combination of liturgy and ist

Read HERE the rest of this story. charismatic stuff.



Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

3 thoughts on “Robin Parry – On Becoming Anglican”

  1. If he comes so far, he may go ahead a little more.
    Still he has to discover the one true Church, the apostolic one.
    May God help him in his unfinished journey.


    1. Ana dear,
      In 2000, when I met the late Jaroslav Pelikan in Jerusalem I wanted to see to what extent he was able to overcome the fanaticism and inclination to proselytism of new converts. I found a mad who is related about his past and present (then) new identity. And I loved him for that.
      Mihai, your husband was himself quite aggressive, in the sense above, early after his conversion to Orthodoxy. I would dare yo say, you should follow his example. It is a much better testimony of the beauty of Orthodoxy.
      Take a minute to think and pray about this, and avoid responding today as, I am sure, knowing you a little bit, you will be tempted to do. The choice is yours.


  2. Congrats! It is definitely wonderful to experience the wisdom of the 2000 year old Church (liturgy, hymnody, creeds, Gospel, Sacraments/Mysteries). Glad it is not the EC USA, if you know what I mean.

    To Ana Oara,.. I am sure that Catholic apologists would vehemently contest that it was the OC that split from the one communion in 1054.


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