By Richard Turnbull
At a time while Anglican and Evangelical appear to be more and more polarised instead of a part of an identical culture, an Evangelical Anglican takes a clean examine the ancient and modern expressions of every to evaluate their exact standpoints, to teach how a lot universal flooring they percentage and to check what this suggests for the church this day. Practitioners who examine themselves on one or the opposite aspect of the talk, in addition to those that could best friend themselves with either traditions, will welcome this new appraisal with its perception into assembly issues and mutual ambitions. it is a important contribution for all who're involved to arrest the conception, regardless of the fact, of the Anglican church's inexorable decline.
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So aspects of polity which the Puritans held out as 'remnants of popery' Hooker proclaimed as 'badges of honour'. Hooker emphasized: • Public prayer, liturgy and sacraments • Festivals and some ceremonial (in context of times) • Role of episcopate - though not as divine right, the Church could legitimately divest itself It is easy to see how different traditions have come to appeal to Hooker. It is important to note both his central purpose and the variety around that core to which differing traditions have appealed.
The later claims of the nature of episcopacy and of the Church, built up through the Caroline Divines (which we will consider shortly), but in particular the Oxford Movement, of the bishop being of the very essence of the Church, give weight to this understanding of ministry. It has a major impact today upon the way in which episcopal oversight is exercised and understood. It sits ill at ease with the foundation documents of Anglicanism. To the reform of episcopal leadership we will return. The themes of the Ordinal set out a Reformed understanding of ministry.
In the exhortation by the bishop, those called to be UNDERSTANDING ANGLICAN IDENTITY 19 ordained are described as messengers, watchmen and stewards, called to teach and premonish (that is, to admonish), to feed and provide. They are called upon to seek the lost sheep and to treasure those committed to their charge, bought with the blood of Christ. They are called to be studious in the Scriptures; to live lives consonant with the Scriptures, which they should read and weigh daily; and that they should be wholesome and godly examples to the flock.