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p. 755. Anglo-Catholicismlocked

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  • Mark Chapman


‘Anglo-Catholicism’ looks at the role that this movement, with its concerns of holiness and authority, played in the Church of England from the 1830s. Aiming to redirect authority towards a supernaturally ordered visible Church, Anglo-Catholicism sought to defend it against the attacks of liberalism. Churches were rebuilt with an eye to symbolism, and ritualism was placed in opposition to Evangelicalism. Broad Churchmen attempted to avoid this factionalism and engage critical thought. The movement achieved its greatest success during the 1920s, where it held mainstream acceptance compared to a divided Evangelicalism. Since then it has declined, with the factional element in particular losing popularity.

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