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The National Churches of England, Ireland, and Scotland 1801-46$
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Stewart J. Brown

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242351

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242351.001.0001

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‘Second Reformation’: The Struggle for the Religion of Ireland, 1822–1833

‘Second Reformation’: The Struggle for the Religion of Ireland, 1822–1833

(p.93) 2 ‘Second Reformation’: The Struggle for the Religion of Ireland, 1822–1833
The National Churches of England, Ireland, and Scotland 1801-46

Stewart J. Brown

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains the struggles of different priests and bishops during the evangelical campaign in Ireland from 1822–1833, which started with the Scripture Education Movement led by William Magee, the archbishop of Dublin. It reveals that if the church began to make converts through Scripture education, they may have seen that Irish Catholics were prepared to conform to the traditions set by the established church in Ireland. It describes the Bible War, an event that revealed the growing militancy on the part of the established church and some Catholic associations, including disagreements on traditions, shortage of priests for a rapidly growing Catholic population, and the weakening of Catholic morale. The people believed that a revival of the established church might gain the conformity of the Catholic population to the established values. This belief brought the Reformation in the Church of Ireland by the New Catholic Association in 1826, which was a failure, as seen in the last part of the chapter.

Keywords:   Church of Ireland, Reformation, Bible War, Scripture Education Movement, New Catholic Association, Catholic morale, Ireland, William Magee

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