The Impulse to Secession

Grayson Carter

in Anglican Evangelicals

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780198270089
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683886 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

The Impulse to Secession

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Very few of the early leaders of the Evangelical Revival were separatists in principle. The most obvious point of conflict between early Evangelical clergymen and the Establishment came over the issue of Church order. The call to ‘go into all the world and preach the Gospel to the whole creation’ was not easily obeyed within the legal confines of the Church of England, and early Evangelical clergymen often found themselves driven to adopt evangelistic expedients that conflicted with existing Anglican practice or rule. There were a number of points of potential conflict — both ideological and ecclesiastical — which often forced even loyal establishmentarian Evangelical clerics to consider the grounds for their allegiance to the state church. One problem was the primary issue of obtaining ordination. Another problem was episcopal discipline, which could be brought to bear on disorderly Evangelicals. A final anxiety-inducing factor was the Church's patronage system. Most of the Evangelical clergy avoided secession and remained within the Established Church.

Keywords: Evangelical Revival; Church of England; secession; clergymen; Church order; ordination; episcopal discipline; Evangelicals; patronage system

Chapter.  10814 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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