"In this study, Dr Telfer reviews and appraises the evidence of how the bishop's office originated in the Church, and traces, in the history of later centuries, significant changes and developments in Christian thinking about bishops, their powers and their importance. As he implies in his Introduction, the debate between episcopal and non-episcopal Christians, and the arguments about episcopacy even inside those Christian communions which possess it, contain a proportion of unjustified assumptions; and 'the best recipe for getting rid of unjustified assumptions is to review the old evidence as if it were quite new, drawing, stage by stage, the conclusions which the evidence, when approached in this way, seems to impose.' This is the method which is faithfully followed throughout the book, and it has resulted in a bold and refreshing work. The breadth of the author's learning ensures that the evidence which is 'old' to him will include much that is new to most of his readers, and the conclusions which he draws are vigorous and unprejudiced."
Book in very good condition, although the page edges are foxed due to age.