By Richard Turnbull
At a time whilst Anglican and Evangelical appear to be more and more polarised instead of a part of an analogous culture, an Evangelical Anglican takes a clean examine the historic and modern expressions of every to evaluate their certain standpoints, to teach how a lot universal floor they proportion and to ascertain what this implies for the church this present day. Practitioners who ponder themselves on one or the opposite aspect of the talk, in addition to those that may best friend themselves with either traditions, will welcome this new appraisal with its perception into assembly issues and mutual objectives. this can be a very important contribution for all who're involved to arrest the notion, regardless of the truth, of the Anglican church's inexorable decline.
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In line with the tradition of the Elizabethan Puritans, many godly Puritan ministers were willing to accept this, albeit 'an imperfect book'. However, a Corporation Act also required an oath repudiating Cromwell's Commonwealth and supporting the royal supremacy. This was too much for even Richard Baxter, 'the reluctant nonconformist',25 and on St Bartholomew's Day 1662 the Great Ejection was completed with an additional 1,000 clergy, Baxter included, ejected from their livings. Yet, there were Puritan clergy who remained.
Tradition - set out here as the teachings of the ancient Fathers and Councils of the Church - is affirmed only insofar as such teachings agree with the Scriptures. The biblical doctrine as applied to the Church of England is asserted to lie in the formularies; the Thirty-Nine 40 ANGLICAN AND EVANGELICAL? Articles, the Book of Common Prayer and the Ordinal. These three are to be seen as in agreement with each other and all three as consonant with the Scriptures. There is no room here for claiming either the equality of Scripture and Tradition, or for claiming that Protestant Articles balance a Catholic Prayer Book.
Anglican and Evangelical? by Richard Turnbull