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Faith of our fathers: Anglo-Catholic triumph and decline

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/9780198269892.003.0008
Faith of our fathers: Anglo-Catholic triumph and decline

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The report of the Royal Commission on Ecclesiastical Discipline provided something of a watershed in the history of Anglican ritualism. The commission's recommendations plunged the Church of England into twenty years of wrangling about revising the Book of Common Prayer, only to have its efforts unappreciated by substantial sections of that church and to suffer the ignominy of the revised prayer book being rejected, not once but twice, by Parliament. One thing that happened in the first decade of the twentieth century was a change in ecclesiastical terminology. Ritualists stopped being called ritualists and became known as Anglo–Catholics. A further change occurred in the second half of the century with the growth of charismatic Evangelicalism, which both permeated the dominant group of central churchmen and further isolated the Anglo–Catholics. Initially, most Anglo–Catholics were unable or unwilling to recognize that the acceptance of so much Tractarian thinking, and even moderate ceremonial, by those of central churchmanship, was making Anglo–Catholicism seem both less attractive and more irrelevant.

Keywords: Royal Commission on Ecclesiastical Discipline; Anglo–Catholics; Book of Common Prayer; revision; Anglo–Catholicism; ritualism; Church of England; Evangelicalism

Chapter.  16120 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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