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By Mark Chapman

What's Anglicanism? How is it diversified from other kinds of Christianity, and the way did it come to have such a lot of diverse models during the global? even if initially united by means of place and a standard trust, Anglicanism has steadily misplaced its pre-eminence because the English kingdom church because of expanding pluralisation and secularization. whereas there are precise subject matters and emphases that emerge from its early heritage and theology, there's little feel of solidarity in Anglicanism today.

Here, Mark Chapman explores the interesting background, theology, and constructions of Anglicanism, and highlights the variety of the modern church by means of reading how traditions differ from England and American, from South Africa to Malaysia. Chapman appears at present advancements and controversies, akin to homosexuality and girls clergymen, and provides thought-provoking feedback for the way forward for Anglicanism. placing the heritage and improvement of the faith into context, Chapman finds what it truly is that holds Anglicanism jointly regardless of the new crises that threaten to rip it apart.

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God keep such a king from us! Well, the King’s grace hath sisters, my Lady Mary and my Lady Elizabeth, which by succession and course are inheritors to the crown, who, if they should marry with strangers, what should Anglicanism ensue? God knoweth. The case of Cranmer shows the inevitable tension between the doctrine of Royal Supremacy and a Protestant faith where authority is established solely on the basis of Scripture. To recant or not to recant was Cranmer’s problem; as is evident from the accounts of his inquisition in the University Church in Oxford, there was ambivalence to the very end.

As shall be thought from time to time most convenient for the present state of the Church’. Order, decency, and discipline were crucial, which meant that even in those things indifferent to salvation, it was still ‘the duty of a Christian man without superstition willingly to obey such constitutions’. The freedom of the Gospel did not imply the freedom of the individual. not content with common and plain songs, and therefore . . that busy and curious prickesong and descanting was brought in, more meet for stage plays, for the most part, than for an holy action.

These smacked of the old religion in which the living could perform religious acts on behalf of the dead. At Communion the bread was distributed with very different words: TAKE and eat this, in remembrance that Christ died for thee, and feed on him in thy heart by faith, with thanksgiving. 26 The ‘Black Rubric’ was added at the last moment and sought to assure people that kneeling at the Communion did not imply any sense of adoration of the bread and wine. Real presence was explicitly ruled out by the last two sentences: Whereas it is ordained in the book of common prayer, in the administration of the Lord’s Supper, that the Communicants kneeling should receive the holy Communion: which thing being well meant, for a signification of the humble and grateful acknowledging of the benefits of Christ, given unto the worthy receiver, and to avoid the profanation and disorder, which about the holy Communion might else ensue: Lest yet the same kneeling might be thought or taken otherwise, we done, or ought to be done, either unto the Sacramental bread or wine there bodily received, or unto any real and essential presence there being of Christ’s natural flesh and blood.

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