By Mark Chapman
What's Anglicanism? How is it diverse from different kinds of Christianity, and the way did it come to have such a lot of diverse models in the course of the global? even if initially united by means of place and a typical trust, Anglicanism has steadily misplaced its pre-eminence because the English kingdom church because of expanding pluralisation and secularization. whereas there are unique topics and emphases that emerge from its early background and theology, there's little experience of cohesion in Anglicanism today.
Here, Mark Chapman explores the interesting heritage, theology, and constructions of Anglicanism, and highlights the variety of the modern church via interpreting how traditions differ from England and American, from South Africa to Malaysia. Chapman appears to be like at present advancements and controversies, resembling homosexuality and girls monks, and provides thought-provoking feedback for the way forward for Anglicanism. placing the historical past and improvement of the faith into context, Chapman unearths what it really is that holds Anglicanism jointly regardless of the new crises that threaten to rip it apart.
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He believed that his primary duty as a Christian was to strengthen the power of the King, and was prepared if necessary to sacriﬁce all his other doctrines to accomplish this. Despite the reformation of doctrine, obedience to the sacred ofﬁce of the King remained at the heart of English religion. This doctrine was tested to its extreme following Edward’s death. 29 Establishing the church Similarly, he was insistent that the bread and wine did not literally become Christ’s body and blood as earlier theology had maintained, but rather they became for us his body and blood on the basis of our faith (‘receptionism’).
Jewel made his mark in Oxford as an assistant to Peter Martyr and had gone into exile on the Continent in Mary’s reign. Like other exiles, including John Foxe, Jewel was to shape the Church of England’s understanding of itself decisively. 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.
The political historian J. N. Figgis, for instance, saw a profound change in the nature of ecclesiastical sovereignty in the 18th century: even though each denomination might claim an exclusive possession of the truth, the fact of plurality forced a degree of toleration. Religion was ultimately a matter of choice. It was the Toleration Act and ‘not any bigotry of high and low, which has made the church a small society, relatively . . ’ All the church could hope for was that it would become one group among many, since it was no longer possible to impose the will of one particular society on the whole.
Anglicanism : a very short introduction by Mark Chapman