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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Churchman Article: The Anglican Pattern of Episcopacy

The following link is to an article in the Churchman, issue 1948, vol. 62, issue 2. (See the Churchman home page). I found the article by J. W. Hunkin to be informative in light of modern High Church Carolinians who claim that the historic episcopate is the only acceptable form of church polity, a position which is identical to that of the Tractarians. Unfortunately, Hunkin points out that the original Caroline divines would have rejected the Tractarian position, although they did believe that the episcopate is the best polity. Hunkin convincingly argues that the episcopate is for the bene esse of the church but not of the esse of the true nature of the church. This distinction between "good being" and the "being" of the church (good nature versus the true nature of the church) is an important one. My only disagreement with Hunkin's article is his concluding remark where he quotes Dr. Norman Sykes,  professor of church history at Cambridge, about a future reunification of denominations where episcopacy is seen as the  "indispensable basis" of such future reunification. I would contend that this idea has more basis in the Anglican Quadrilateral than in the history of the English Reformation.  The date of the quadrilateral is 1888, a time when the Tractarian controversialists were determined to dominate the English church and the fellowship of Anglicans worldwide.  You can read J. W. Hunkin's article at, "The Anglican Pattern of Episcopacy." The Right Reverend J. W. Hunkin was the bishop of Truro (United Kingdom) at the time of the publication of this article.

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