Anglicanism : a very short introduction by Mark Chapman

By Mark Chapman

What's Anglicanism? How is it assorted from different kinds of Christianity, and the way did it come to have such a lot of diversified types during the global? even if initially united by means of place and a standard trust, Anglicanism has progressively misplaced its pre-eminence because the English nation church because of expanding pluralisation and secularization. whereas there are specific issues and emphases that emerge from its early historical past and theology, there's little feel of team spirit in Anglicanism today.

Here, Mark Chapman explores the attention-grabbing heritage, theology, and buildings of Anglicanism, and highlights the variety of the modern church by way of studying how traditions range from England and American, from South Africa to Malaysia. Chapman appears to be like at present advancements and controversies, reminiscent of homosexuality and ladies clergymen, and gives thought-provoking feedback for the way forward for Anglicanism. placing the heritage and improvement of the faith into context, Chapman unearths what it truly is that holds Anglicanism jointly regardless of the hot crises that threaten to rip it apart.

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Shortly after Elizabeth’s succession he was made Bishop of Salisbury. Like Parker, who had written a book on the continuities of British history, he emphasized the Church of England’s claim to antiquity. In a famous sermon, he challenged those who clung to Rome ‘to bring any one sufficient sentence out of old Catholicke Doctor, or Father; or out of any old Generell Councell; or out of the Holy Scriptures of God’ to justify their practices. Shortly afterwards, Jewel worked up his ideas into the Apologia Ecclesiae Anglicanae published in Latin in 1562 and soon translated into English, a book which gained the official seal of approval in the 32 Establishing the church 5.

Since there was no particular doctrine of ministry in the Bible, it was up to the legitimate authority to ensure that ministry was suited to its context. The most appropriate form was 40 that which was best able to maintain decency and prevent ‘subversion and confusion’. ’ The alternative was for the church to decide for itself – and who could tell what might happen then? ’ Richard Hooker (1553–1600) (Figure 6) continued in a similar vein. The beauty of his language often masks its controversial tone.

As is satirized in Anthony Trollope’s Barchester novels, large endowments continued through to the 19th century, when finally the number of canons was restricted to no more than six and large sums were redistributed to the wider church to endow poorer parishes. Even into the 20th century, many of the most influential church leaders have served as deans (like Hewlett Johnson, the ‘red dean’ of Canterbury) or canons of cathedrals (like John Collins, the peace activist and canon of St Paul’s). Cathedrals remain great patrons of the arts to the present day.

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