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Anglican EvangelicalsProtestant Secessions from the Via Media, c. 1800-1850$
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Grayson Carter

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270089

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270089.001.0001

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The Oxford Seceders

The Oxford Seceders

(p.249) 7 The Oxford Seceders
Anglican Evangelicals

Grayson Carter

Oxford University Press

During the 1820s, the spiritual and intellectual focus of the Evangelical Revival began to shift back to Oxford University. The intense political and religious excitement at Oxford accompanying the Reform Bill crisis and the ‘constitutional revolution’ of 1828–1832 gave rise to what has often been characterized as a golden age, enlivened by political intrigue, spiritual richness, and uncertainty. Of the diverse manifestations of this effervescence, the Oxford Movement is the most obvious and the best chronicled. Yet those at the other end of the Anglican spectrum, the Oxford Evangelicals, were also experiencing conflicts, both external and internal. Although overshadowed in Oxford by High Churchmanship, Evangelicalism nevertheless made its presence felt in the university during the 1820s. Seen in the intense atmosphere of Oxford in the late 1820s and early 1830s, Evangelicalism could be understood as given over to eccentricity, waywardness, and irregularity; it could be plausibly seen as high or hyper in its Calvinism and antinomianism and extremely ambivalent about, if not actively disloyal to, the formularies of the Church of England.

Keywords:   Oxford University, Church of England, Evangelical Revival, Oxford Movement, Evangelicalism, Calvinism, antinomianism

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