Anglicanism : a very short introduction by Mark Chapman

By Mark Chapman

What's Anglicanism? How is it various from different kinds of Christianity, and the way did it come to have such a lot of assorted models in the course of the global? even though initially united through place and a standard trust, Anglicanism has steadily misplaced its pre-eminence because the English kingdom church as a result of expanding pluralisation and secularization. whereas there are detailed 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 historical past, theology, and constructions of Anglicanism, and highlights the variety of the modern church by way of analyzing how traditions range from England and American, from South Africa to Malaysia. Chapman seems to be at present advancements and controversies, resembling 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 finds what it's that holds Anglicanism jointly regardless of the new crises that threaten to rip it apart.

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A congregation at Geneva, which used a book and an order of preaching, ministering of sacraments and discipline, most agreeable to the word of God; which book is allowed by that godly and well-learned man, Master Calvin, and the preachers there; which book and order we now hold. And if you can reprove this book, or anything that we hold, by the word of God, we will yield to you, and do open penance at Paul’s Cross; if not, we will stand to it by the grace of God. The logic was clear: if the Bible did not instruct on something it should not be done – and no civil power had to the right to overrule Scripture in the name of decency and good order.

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. Laud’s system was simple: ‘First [came] the magistrate, and his power and justice. ’ Many English people, however, were no longer prepared to accept such obedience.

Some saw the Westminster Assembly simply as the replacement of the old priest with the new presbyter. Its attempts at comprehensiveness, according to Milton, were characterized by ‘plots and packings worse than Trent’. Many later attempts at conciliation collapsed: there were far more extreme measures against the King and the Church, most importantly the execution of William Laud and eventually of the King. Anglicanism parishes, Cromwell retained a territorial system and ensured that tithes continued to be collected.

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