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The Tractarian Bishop

ROWAN STRONG

in Alexander Forbes of Brechin

Published in print February 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263579
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682605 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263579.003.0003
The Tractarian Bishop

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This chapter discusses Forbes as a Tractarian bishop. When Alexander Forbes was consecrated Bishop of Brechin in 1847, he was the first Tractarian to become a bishop. During his episcopate, Forbes began to express in his diocese the ideals of the Oxford Movement he had espoused earlier, in a Tractarian ministry which had been influenced by the heavily industrialized movement in Dundee. In Dundee, Forbes reinvigorated an Episcopal Congregation which, like the Episcopal Church had been largely introspective. He proposed the formulation of a dogmagtic theology coupled with sacrificial living among the poor, which he believed could reawaken confidence in the spiritual realities taught by the Church. As a Tractarian, Forbes's appeal was to the authority of the Church rather than the usual Protestant appeal to the infallibility of scripture.

Keywords: Tractarian bishop; Brechin; Dundee; Episcopal Congregation; Church's authority; Episcopal Church; Gladstone

Chapter.  23963 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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