By Bruce Kaye
What's the nature of global Anglicanism in a postcolonial, international age? This publication offers the foremost to figuring out either the nature of this Christian culture and the basic nature of present disputes. It describes the rules of the culture and descriptions its primary ideals and practices, targeting undertaking, liturgy, engagement with others, and gear, wisdom and authority within the church. It contains chapters on women's ordination and on homosexuality within the public lifetime of the church, and the ultimate bankruptcy seems to the demanding situations of the long run.
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The image of the godly prince who is responsible for his people body and soul has not been left behind, though it has been modified in this argument. Fortescue operates within a framework which sees England as a Christian nation ruled by a godly prince according to laws that have evolved in such a way under the providence of God that they have a certain divine character. It is this framework which enables him to accommodate the notion of papal authority alongside that of the authority of the king and of the laws.
N. Stephens, ‘Bede’s Ecclesiastical History’, History 62 (1977), p. 13. For a general overview see F. Heer, The Holy Roman Empire (London: Phoenix, Orion Books, 1995). 26 An Introduction to World Anglicanism continues until its renunciation by Francis II in 1806. In reality, however, it all came to an end in the treaty of Westphalia in 1648, when the sovereignty of the constituent states was recognised. Westphalia marks the effective demise of the international authority of the Holy Roman Emperor and a corresponding increase in the autonomy of the constituent nations.
That was precisely what the Gregory VII reforms of the papacy had done in the eleventh century on a pan-European scale. Those reforms introduced a new idea which saw the church as a tightly controlled international organisation. This meant that the Pope and his church were seen as essentially and dangerously foreign by non-Roman 41 42 An Introduction to World Anglicanism Catholic nations. 1 Within its national borders England had evolved a significantly dispersed concept of authority and institutional arrangements to go with that dispersal.
An Introduction to World Anglicanism (Introduction to Religion) by Bruce Kaye