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Is the Church of England to be Pope?

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/9780198263579.003.0005
Is the Church of England to be Pope?

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This chapter examines how Forbes confronted his troubles with the new theories of empirical science, challenges to Orthodox Christian beliefs, and the growing force of Anglicization in the Episcopal Church. His answer to all three was to uphold tradition, but with varying degrees of flexibility. Forbes's vindication of the Scottish Office was his most entrenched defense of tradition, and was principally motivated by his uncertainty about the Catholic nature of the Episcopal Church. That uncertainty, still unresolved in 1864, made him increasingly appreciative of the doctrinal authority and unity of Roman Catholicism, and brought him to a realization of the importance of Catholic unity.

Keywords: Orthodox Christian; Episcopal Church; Anglicization; Essays and Review; Catholic unity; Gladstone; Scottish Office

Chapter.  15655 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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