The Demise of the Confessional State


in F. D. Maurice and the Crisis of Christian Authority

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780199263172
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602825 | DOI:

Series: Christian Theology in Context

The Demise of the Confessional State

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The perspective narrows to concentrate on the crisis facing the Established Church in England at the beginning of the nineteenth century, situating Maurice amongst a number of Anglican theologians and church leaders who sought, in various ways, to reconceive Anglicanism as the definitive response to social disintegration. Summarizes key points of the radical campaign against the Establishment, and key elements of response, including the ‘second Reformation’ of the Church. Maurice’s adult life and work span virtually the entire period of this Anglican revival, and all of his theological writings can be seen as an attempt to buttress Anglicanism in the face of the erosion of its historic position. In summary, the chapter proposes that Maurice represents the most significant, outstanding attempt from within nineteenth-century Anglicanism to recover and consolidate a ‘national’ basis for the Church of England after its displacement from a position of confessional privilege.

Keywords: Anglicanism; Confessional State; nationality; radicalism; revival

Chapter.  5296 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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