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The Case of the Reverend James Shore

Grayson Carter

in Anglican Evangelicals

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780198270089
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683886 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270089.003.0010

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

The Case of the Reverend James Shore

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The Evangelical clergymen who seceded from the Church of England into Protestant Dissent during the first half of the nineteenth century often paid a considerable price for their action. If not so severely penalized for their secession as many of their colleagues who went to Rome, they usually came off the worse in temporal terms for following the dictates of conscience. Though Anglican bishops deplored such secessions in private or in public, they usually accepted them as faits accomplis. Those who departed from the Anglican communion were assumed to be misguided, but not in breach of the law. This state of affairs was suddenly shattered in 1844, when James Shore, an obscure Evangelical clergyman, was imprisoned for attempting to secede from the Church and officiate in his own chapel as a Nonconformist minister. Shore's unprecedented prosecution came at the hands of the cantankerous and litigious Bishop of Exeter, Henry Phillpotts. Shore's case added to the crisis of confidence that seized not only Evangelicalism, but Anglicanism itself, in the mid-nineteenth century.

Keywords: James Shore; secession; Church of England; Henry Phillpotts; prosecution; clergymen; Protestant Dissent; Evangelicalism; Anglicanism

Chapter.  14759 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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