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Reformation Worlds

Antecedents and Legacies in the Anglican Tradition


Edited By Sean A. Otto and Thomas P. Power

A reassessment of the precedents, course, and legacy of the Reformation has occurred in the present generation of academic writing. This collection of essays brings together research by established and new scholars on themes of the Reformation with a particular focus on its antecedents and legacies in the Anglican tradition. Utilizing a diversity of topics, approaches, and methods, this book adds measurably to our knowledge of the place of the Reformation in Britain and Ireland as well as its European, North American, and African particularities.
Exploring a variety of themes, this collection examines the Reformation in relation to key aspects of church organization, belief, sacrament, conversion, relationships with other denominations, theological education, church and state, worship, and issues of resilience and decline. While these themes are pursued broadly, there is a particular focus on the context of the Anglican tradition in terms of Reformation preoccupations and concerns. This collection’s thematic content, chronological span, and geographical range will also challenge accepted views, deepen understanding, and highlight new areas of enquiry, bringing new research and insights to bear on established observations.
Academics will find this book of particular interest for courses on the Reformation, Early Modern Europe, and the history of Christianity.
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Unworthy Reception and Infrequent Communion in the Tudor-Stuart Church


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Unworthy Reception and Infrequent Communion in the Tudor-Stuart Church


One consequence of the Reformation was our resigning ourselves to live apart as Christians. Denominationalism, however, was not the reformers’ intention: their goal was to reform the church as a whole, not to divide it into pieces of the body—one reason why dissent was so harshly suppressed. Even though the non-Christian world may perceive no significant distinctions among the baptized, and despite the near-universal mutual recognition of baptism among Christians themselves, some Christians believe that our divisions are necessary because we are divided doctrinally. Unity in the body of Christ, they say, is eschatological; and only when Christ comes again will he reconcile all things, including the church, to himself. Human attempts towards outward Christian unity, then, become a false and superficial ignoring of our very real divisions.

On the other hand, conservative Lutheran theologian Richard John Neuhaus wrote, after his Catholic conversion, that the deliberate maintaining of denominations is nothing less than Donatism. The Donatists

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