high church

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Within the Church of England, the high‐church party stresses continuity with the pre‐Reformation church and holds a ‘high’ concept of the authority of the church, bishops, and sacraments. High churchmen flourished under the later Stuarts because of their insistence on the divine right of kings. Their theological and ecclesiastical opinions survived, to be rediscovered by the Oxford movement of the 1830s.

Subjects: British History.

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