Download e-book for iPad: An Introduction to World Anglicanism (Introduction to by Bruce Kaye

By Bruce Kaye

ISBN-10: 0511409974

ISBN-13: 9780511409974

ISBN-10: 0521853451

ISBN-13: 9780521853453

What's the nature of global Anglicanism in a postcolonial, worldwide age? This publication offers the major to realizing either the nature of this Christian culture and the basic nature of present disputes. It describes the principles of the culture and descriptions its vital ideals and practices, targeting venture, liturgy, engagement with others, and tool, wisdom and authority within the church. It comprises chapters on women's ordination and on homosexuality within the public lifetime of the church, and the ultimate bankruptcy seems to the demanding situations of the longer term.

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In 1581 it became high treason to convert to Roman Catholicism and any Roman Catholic priests found within the queen’s realms were automatically guilty of high treason. Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 confirmed yet again that Roman Catholics were traitors, a disposition sustained each year with the burning of effigies of Guy Fawkes on 5 November. But disabilities continued, and the relief given in 1778 to enable Roman Catholics to inherit and to hold land was followed in 1779 by the anti-Roman riots stirred up by Lord George Gordon.

The conflicts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries represent the convulsions of imperialisms in both religion and politics. The birth of the modern nation-state and the convergence of social and political forces in Europe tested the traditions of dispersed authority and power in England and in Anglicanism. The destruction of moderating sources of authority such as the religious orders, and the narrowing of the lines of authority in ecclesiastical affairs, was a substantial challenge to the continuity with the earlier developments in the character of Anglicanism.

All this worked more or less well until the nation itself began to change in ways which made the assumptions of this enmeshment increasingly unworkable. The growth of significant dissent from the mainstream religious tradition meant that the congruence of the nation with the religious assumptions of the mainline church was fractured. The process reached a peak of public plurality with the removal in the early nineteenth century of the legal disabilities of Roman Catholics and Dissenters, and eventually of Jews in 1858.

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