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Religious Change in Europe 1650–1914Essays for John McManners$
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Nigel Aston

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205968

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205968.001.0001

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John Dury and the Practice of Irenicism

John Dury and the Practice of Irenicism

(p.41) 2 John Dury and the Practice of Irenicism
Religious Change in Europe 1650–1914

Scott Mandelbrote

Oxford University Press

In his contribution to the Report of the Doctrine Commission of the Church of England, John McManners sets out a contemporary interpretation of the relationship between the Church and the individual believer. Liberty of conscience, tempered by love for others and respect for the tradition and institutions of the Church, provides one of McManners's themes. He describes the conflict, and loss of Christian harmony, which have often resulted from too rigid a definition of the Church's doctrine, and advocates the alternative path of forbearance, concluding that, sometimes, ‘it is God's will that we all agree to differ’. It is perhaps appropriate that so distinguished an ecclesiastical historian should have been chosen to write about the Church and the individual in this way.

Keywords:   irenicism, John Dury, Church, believers, liberty, conscience

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