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By Richard Turnbull

ISBN-10: 0826481647

ISBN-13: 9780826481641

At a time whilst Anglican and Evangelical appear to be more and more polarised instead of a part of an analogous culture, an Evangelical Anglican takes a clean examine the old and modern expressions of every to evaluate their distinct standpoints, to teach how a lot universal flooring they percentage and to ascertain what this suggests for the church this present day. Practitioners who reflect on themselves on one or the opposite aspect of the talk, in addition to those that may best friend themselves with either traditions, will welcome this new appraisal with its perception into assembly issues and mutual pursuits. it is a important contribution for all who're involved to arrest the notion, regardless of the truth, of the Anglican church's inexorable decline.

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Why did Law refuse the oath? Partly loyalty, partly adherence to the doctrines of the divine rule of kings, partly a particular concern for church order. Here we have the origins of an orthodox High Churchmanship. Devotion, order, Church, episcopacy were its hallmarks. A concern for holiness of life was its currency. It built on the Caroline tradition and in turn was appealed to by the AngloCatholic revival of the nineteenth century. It also played a part in the backdrop to the Evangelical Revival.

Westcott (1825-1901), scholar and bishop, was associated with the Revised Version of the Bible which appeared in 1881. Knowledge about the text underlying the Bible was increasing through the publication of codices such as the Codex Sinaiticus. However, it was a much more significant step to acknowledge that the King James Bible contained inferior textual material; biblical authority itself was at stake. According to Westcott, Scripture was a field in which to exercise and to grow spiritually; to systematize and to idolize the text as a finished set of solutions was to reject the true gift.

Subsequently, Elizabeth removed pro-Catholic bishops and all the bishops selected by Elizabeth were firmly in favour of the Protestant Reformation settlement, some having been in exile, though others, including Archbishop Matthew Parker and Bishop John Jewel, had conformed under Mary. Like all monarchs, Elizabeth was concerned for the royal supremacy and this as much as anything else led her to resist the demands of the Puritans: those within the Church pressing for further reform in the direction of Calvin's Geneva including, ultimately, the abolition of the episcopate.

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