Posts Tagged Church of England

Clifford on Hooker

Letter to the English Churchman on Hooker Sir:      Allan Clifford’s ‘objections’ to Dr Beckwith’s evaluation of Hooker are invalid. Beckwith defended Hooker against the London Temple attacks of Travers and Cartwright. Dr. Clifford ignores the entire debate, exchanging Beckwith’s real-life Hooker/Travers/Cartwright history for a Church of England/Calvin fairy-story.      Cartwright zigzagged on the Church of England-Separatist border but maintained his Church of England status and ordination. Unlike Hooker, he viewed church reform as material for the courts and Parliament rather than church-centred discussion and Convocation. Cartwright imagined that bishops should merely preach, pray and ordain those chosen… Full Article

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Clifford on Schism

     This letter was sent to the English Churchman after reading an ill-informed letter of Dr. Alan Clifford defending certain sixteenth and seventeenth century schisms from the English Reformed Church.       Sir: Dr Clifford’s habit of ridiculing sound arguments (see Issue 7710) as ‘vendettas’ and ‘pompous’ and contradicting them with fiction, half-truths and wishful-thinking merely fosters division. His astonishment at Robert Law’s views concerning Seceders arises from his insufficient knowledge of our Reformers and pre-Commonwealth Puritans who were strictly against Secession. The Dutch, Swiss, German, Italian, French, Hungarian and Polish Reformed churches viewed the English Church as exemplary as witnessed… Full Article

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Role in the Church of England

Queen Elizabeth II’s Role in the Church of England Dear Sir,      Archbishop Rowan warns against self-deception regarding the supreme government of the Church of England, seemingly unaware himself that there are no ecclesiastical, political or constitutional grounds for assuming Elizabeth II to be that church’s Supreme Governor.      At the Elizabethan Settlement, Cox, Sandys, Grindal etc. persuaded Elizabeth I to drop the title of Supreme Head formerly held by her father and half-sister. Instead, she was advised to adopt the title of Supreme Governor of the Realm. This title was later confirmed, not by the Queen herself, nor by Convocation, which was not consulted, but by Parliament who in April, 1559 decreed… Full Article

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Queen’s Abdication

Sir;      Though sympathising with John Graham re the Queen’s abdication, I fail to see the need for Anglican Christians, freed of their governess, to leave their Church. Are not the very Christians to whom he refers the true Church of England? A church is not where one goes but what one is.      Should Mr. Graham empty the Anglican Church of Christians, where would he transfer them? They might be an asset to his own denomination, but this would be out of the frying-pan into the fire. The many factions regarding faith, worship and church order amongst Baptists do not lag behind Anglicans in anti-Scriptural liberalism, sacramentalism and Pelagianism. Recent studies (Baptist Quarterly 8/2000), show how historically,… Full Article

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