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The attempt to control Anglican ritualism

Nigel Yates

in Anglican Ritualism in Victorian Britain 1830–1910

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780198269892
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683848 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269892.003.0006
The attempt to control Anglican ritualism

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The divisions that existed within the Church of England over matters of ritual prompted authorities to enact legislation as a means to control ritualism. This chapter examines why it proved to be so difficult to control Anglican ritualism, whether through existing or new legislation. It looks at the motives of those who were determined to place limits on ritual innovation, as well as those of the many clergy and laity who were equally determined that such limits must be resisted, and those of the pragmatists who recognized that the judicial process had its limitations in matters of religious belief where opinions were strongly held and defended. It also discusses attempts to determine the legitimacy of doctrinal teaching through appeal to the courts, the impact of public opinion on discussions in Parliament, the establishment of the Royal Commission on Ritual in 1867, and the implementation of the Public Worship Regulation Act of 1874.

Keywords: Church of England; ritualism; legislation; ritual innovation; clergy; laity; courts; Parliament; Royal Commission on Ritual; Public Worship Regulation Act of 1874

Chapter.  24880 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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