Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Mark Chapman

By Mark Chapman

What's Anglicanism? How is it diversified from different kinds of Christianity, and the way did it come to have such a lot of assorted models during the global? even though initially united by means of position and a standard trust, Anglicanism has progressively misplaced its pre-eminence because the English kingdom church because of expanding pluralisation and secularization. whereas there are designated issues and emphases that emerge from its early background and theology, there's little feel of harmony in Anglicanism today.

Here, Mark Chapman explores the attention-grabbing background, theology, and constructions of Anglicanism, and highlights the variety of the modern church by means of studying how traditions differ from England and American, from South Africa to Malaysia. Chapman seems at present advancements and controversies, comparable to homosexuality and girls 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's that holds Anglicanism jointly regardless of the new crises that threaten to rip it apart.

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Anglicanism Against the puritan insistence on the necessity of Presbyterian church government grounded in Scripture, Whitgift asserted that although government was vital for the good order of the church, its precise form could vary depending on circumstances. According to the Thirty-Nine Articles, the true marks of the church were simply the true preaching of the Word and the right administration of the sacraments, something shared with Luther: ‘this or that kind of government’ was not of the essence of the church.

Had Edward not died prematurely, it is likely that the Reformation would have continued and the Church of England might have looked far more like Geneva or Zurich. The Edwardian Prayer Books 1549: Cranmer sought to remove the complexity of the past so that everything was ‘plain and easily’ understood. Although he borrowed heavily from continental reformed service books, he also retained elements from the old Latin services, especially the Sarum (Salisbury) use. The 1549 Book was an interim rite that lasted merely three years.

In the 1630s ecclesiastical policy led to the persecution of puritans and the silencing of other voices, including the Calvinism of Bishop Davenant of Salisbury. In 1633, the Book of 50 Sports was re-issued which permitted lawful recreation on Sundays, challenging the sabbatarianism of the puritans. The situation worsened with the imposition of the Scottish Book of Common Prayer which bypassed the General Assembly. The new Canons of 1640 made matters even worse, reasserting the Divine Right of the King and attempting to ensure uniformity.

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