Introduction: The End of the Old Order

Jeremy Morris

in F D Maurice and the Crisis of Christian Authority

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780199545315
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191602825 | DOI:

Series: Christian Theology in Context

Introduction: The End of the Old Order

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Frederick Denison Maurice (1805–1872) was one of the foremost theologians of the modern Church of England. Through a series of bruising encounters with contemporary theologians, he pioneered a creative response to the critical challenges of modernity, seeking to defend traditional Christian belief by a searching re-examination of biblical theology, and by a profound conviction of the integrity of Christian life and faith in time. The main focus of this book is Maurice’s ecclesiology. In his attention to the doctrine of the Church, Maurice enunciated a series of critical principles that remain central to Anglican reflection in particular. He has been claimed as the theoretician of comprehensiveness, the inspiration for the Church of England’s social witness, the founder of Christian Socialism, and the exponent of an ecumenical methodology which has encouraged rapprochement between Catholicism and Protestantism. He produced, albeit sketchily, a representative theory of ministry, in contrast to the hierarchical model supported by the Tractarians. He anticipated the baptismal ecclesiology.

Keywords: Frederick Denison Maurice; Church of England; Christian Socialism; ecclesiology; theology; Christian belief; Catholicism; Protestantism; ministry

Chapter.  8339 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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