Sydney Anglicans, always ultra-conservative in terms of liturgy, theology and personal morality, have increasingly modelled themselves on sixteenth century English Puritanism. Over the past few decades, they have added radical congregationalism to the mix. They have altered church services, challenged church order, and relentlessly opposed all attempts to ordain women as priests, let alone bishops. Muriel Porter unpacks how Australia's largest and, until recently, richest diocese developed its ideological fervour, and explores the impact it is having both in Australia and the Anglican Communion.

chapter 1|8 pages


chapter 2|20 pages

Anglicanism in Sydney Today

chapter 3|22 pages

Sydney Anglicans: How It Came to This

chapter 5|35 pages

Tensions: Sydney and the Australian Church

chapter 6|22 pages

Women: Equal but Different

chapter 7|27 pages

Current Challenges

chapter |2 pages

Conclusion The End of the Experiment?