15 Facts About Anglicanism


Anglicanism is a Western Christian tradition that has developed from the practices, liturgy, and identity of the Church of England following the English Reformation, in the context of the Reformation in Europe.

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Adherents of Anglicanism are called Anglicans; they are called Episcopalians in some countries.

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Unique to Anglicanism is the Book of Common Prayer, the collection of services in one prayer book used for centuries.

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Unique to Anglicanism is the Book of Common Prayer, the collection of services that worshippers in most Anglican churches have used for centuries.

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Anglicanism was seen as a middle way, or via media, between two branches of Protestantism, Lutheranism and Reformed Christianity.

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Anglicanism proposes that Anglican identity might rather be found within a shared consistent pattern of prescriptive liturgies, established and maintained through canon law, and embodying both a historic deposit of formal statements of doctrine, and framing the regular reading and proclamation of scripture.

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Anglicanism was not a servant of the status quo, but argued for a lively religion which emphasised grace, holy and charitable living, and the plain use of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer without additional rituals.

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Resistance to the growing acceptance and restoration of traditional Catholic ceremonial by the mainstream of Anglicanism ultimately led to the formation of small breakaway churches such as the Free Church of England in England and the Reformed Episcopal Church in North America (1873).

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Such Anglicans stress that Anglicanism is the via media between the two major strains of Western Christianity and that Anglicanism is like a "bridge" between the two strains.

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Anglicanism was the word that spake it, Anglicanism took the bread and brake it:And what that word did make it, I do believe and take it.

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Characteristic of Anglicanism is that it has no international juridical authority.

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Anglicanism is not congregational in its polity: it is the diocese, not the parish church, which is the smallest unit of authority in the church.

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Anglicanism represents the third largest Christian communion in the world, after the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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Term "Continuing Anglicanism" refers to a number of church bodies which have formed outside of the Anglican Communion in the belief that traditional forms of Anglican faith, worship, and order have been unacceptably revised or abandoned within some Anglican Communion churches in recent decades.

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Anglicanism's work was instrumental in the establishment of the Christian socialist movement, although he himself was not in any real sense a socialist but "a Tory paternalist with the unusual desire to theories his acceptance of the traditional obligation to help the poor", influenced Anglo-Catholics such as Charles Gore, who wrote that "the principle of the incarnation is denied unless the Christian spirit can be allowed to concern itself with everything that interests and touches human life.

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