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Tractarianism Revived

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/9780198263579.003.0007
Tractarianism Revived

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This chapter examines the revival of Tractarianism and the last years of Forbes's life. By 1870, Forbes had resolved his doubts about Anglicanism and recovered his commitment to the Anglican Church. Freed from the counter-attractions of Roman Catholicism, he once again became an enthusiastic proponent of Tractarianism, advocating the religious life, and upholding the independence of the Church in education and public worship. He regained that confidence in the Tractarian vision of the Church that he nearly lost during the 1860s. In many respects, he was increasingly out of step with the British society of the 1870s. His paternalism towards the poor was challenged by the movements which sought greater autonomy and less dependence of the working class. Forbes was absent in the synod of 1875 because of a severe gastric illness. He died on 8 October 1875 at the age of fifty-eight, after the administration of the last rites of the Church.

Keywords: General Synod; Tractarianism; Anglican Church; Anglicanism; Public Worship Act

Chapter.  8539 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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