The Catholicity of Protestantism: Redescribing the Church


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 Catholicity of Protestantism: Redescribing the Church

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The main focus of this chapter is on Maurice’s ecclesiology in The Kingdom of Christ, placing it within a cluster of competing ecclesiological responses to the challenges facing the Anglican Church by the 1830s. The articulation of Maurice’s theory of Catholicity is traced by an interpretation of the work as an attempt to explore reflexively the existing inclusiveness of Anglican institutions, sacraments, and order. The implications of Maurice’s position are also explored for his stance over key ecclesiological controversies of the 1830s and 1840s, including the subscription controversy, ‘party division’ over Tractarianism, and the Jerusalem bishopric.

Keywords: Catholicity; ecclesiology; institutions; order; party; sacraments; subscription; Tractarianism

Chapter.  20014 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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