Confusing Anglican Labels
- March 04, 2023
- Steve Macias
In response to a recent message, I typed out what I thought would be helpful distinctions of historic Anglican “brands.” Brands is the wrong word, but I don’t know exactly how to describe the variety of intellectual schools within our tradition. Overall, I find these labels unhelpful, yet they continue to be used. I find it more important to find a bishop you can obey with your whole conscience and serve in a church where you are using your gifts – which may cause you to dip a toe in more than one camp during various seasons of your life and ministry.
I have intentionally chosen to ignore (or try to explain) the “Affirming” or “Convergence/Three-Streams” brands here:
Taking primary cues from post-tridentine Rome (Catholic Ordinariate, Ritualists) e.g. Gregory Dix, Henry Manning, Ronald Knox, Cardinal Newman, Bishop Lopes, Mariolatry, Eucharistic adoration.
Pairing Pre-Reformation Ritual/Ceremony to Prayerbook Liturgy (Missal Anglicans and 2nd Gen. Oxford Mov.,) Real Presence and Frequent Communion, 7 Sacraments, 7 Ecumenical Councils. Look to the 1549 BCP. e.g. Arthur Tooth & SSC, Bishop Grafton, Chausables, Incense, G3 Churches of the Continuum.
Typically Erastian; Favors Sarum/English-Use in Ceremonial and conformity to the 1662 BCP/Formularies. Often Associated with Abp. Laud, Charles I, and original Oxford leaders (Pusey, John Keble) and later in Percy Deamer, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Warham Guild,
Following the Reformed Prayerbook of 1552/1559 in their Edwardian sense. Opposed to eucharistic ceremonial customs (chasubles, incense, surplices). Associated with Northside celebration and Evangelical theology (Reformed/Calvinistic tendencies) in their interpretation of the 39 Articles. E.g. Abp. Matthew Parker, Charles Simeon, JC Ryle, JI Packer