Charles Wheatly

(1686—1724) Church of England clergyman and liturgical scholar

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(1686–1724), English divine. Educated at St John's College, Oxford, of which he was a Fellow from 1707 to 1713, he was lecturer at two London churches and from 1726 until his death vicar of Brent Pelham with Furneaux Pelham in Herts. In 1733–4 he delivered the Moyer Lectures, pub. in 1738 as The Nicene and Athanasian Creeds, and in 1739 he preached one of the earliest sermons against the rise of Methodism. He is best remembered for his commentary on the BCP, The Church of England Man's Companion, or a Rational Illustration … of the Book of Common Prayer (1710; from the 3rd edn., in 1720, entitled A Rational Illustration of the Book of Common Prayer), which remained a standard work until the mid-19th cent. It shows his High Church sympathy with the liturgical preferences of Nonjurors such as T. Brett.

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Christianity.

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