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My name is Father Steve Macias and I am a Priest in California’s Silicon Valley.

I am the Headmaster at Canterbury Christian School and Rector of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church.

I am a presbyter (priest/pastor/minister) in the Reformed Episcopal Church, a founding jurisdiction of the Anglican Church in North America.

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    On the FACTS Podcast: “Augustine of Canterbury: The Beginnings of the Church of England?”

    I recently had the incredible opportunity to join Dr. Stephen Boyce on the FACTS podcast, where we delved into a fascinating discussion about the origins of the Church of and in England. It was a joy to explore this rich historical topic and share insights with the FACTS community. In case you missed the episode, here’s the video and a recap of our conversation and some reflections on the key points we covered.

    Unpacking the Origins of the Church of England

    One of the central themes of our discussion was the widespread misconception that the Anglican tradition either began with King Henry VIII or during the late 6th century with Augustine of Canterbury. While these figures are significant in the history of the Church, the roots of Anglicanism run much deeper. St. Paul, St. John, and St. James are all discussed as well as St. Joseph of Arimethea.

    The Role of Augustine of Canterbury

    We also exame the pivotal role of Augustine of Canterbury. Appointed as the first Archbishop of Canterbury by Pope St. Gregory the Great, Augustine’s mission in the late 6th century was a crucial moment in the Re-Christianization of Kent. However, attributing the birth of the Anglican tradition solely to Augustine oversimplifies the rich tapestry of early Celtic Christianity.

    Beyond Augustine and Henry VIII

    Our conversation then moved to the broader historical context. Before Augustine’s mission, there were already Christian communities in England, influenced by the earlier spread of Christianity across the Roman Empire. These communities had their own practices and traditions, contributing to the unique development of Christianity in England. This deep history is often overshadowed by the more dramatic and well-documented events of the Reformation.

    Speaking of the Reformation, while King Henry VIII’s break from Rome was indeed a turning point that led to the formation of the Church of England as we know it today, it’s a misconception to see this as the beginning of Anglicanism. The theological, liturgical, and political foundations of Anglicanism were laid over centuries, influenced by various reforms and local practices.

    FACTS Podcast – A Treasure Trove of Historical Insights

    The FACTS podcast, where this engaging discussion took place, is dedicated to exploring historical and biblical content about the early church Fathers, Apocryphal accounts, the biblical canon, textual criticism, and the scripture itself. Stephen and his team provide a platform for deep dives into these rich and complex topics, making history accessible and intriguing for all listeners.

    Being part of the FACTS podcast was an enriching experience. It provided a platform to challenge common misconceptions and highlight the nuanced history of the Church of England. If you’re interested in church history, biblical studies, or historical theology, I highly recommend tuning in to the FACTS podcast.

    Link: https://www.youtube.com/@EarlyChurchFACTS

    Final Thoughts

    My discussion with Dr. Boyce on the FACTS podcast was not only enlightening but also a reminder of the importance of understanding the depth and breadth of our religious traditions. The origins of the Church of England are a testament to the diverse and intricate history that shapes our faith today.

    I hope this recap captures the essence of our discussion and sparks your curiosity about the rich history of the Church of England. Feel free to share your thoughts and questions in the comments below!

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    About Me

    Father Steve Macias is an Anglican priest in the Reformed Episcopal Church (ACNA). He is the Headmaster of Canterbury School and Rector of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church. He is married to Sarah and the father to Athanasius, Anselm, Assumpta, Basil and Zoe. His professional work consulting with political campaigns, leading nonprofit organizations, and in the California State Capitol has been recognized by The Los Angeles Times, National Review Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, The Chalcedon Foundation, and numerous online and print publications. You can reach him on twitter @stevemacias.