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F D Maurice and the Crisis of Christian Authority$
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Jeremy Morris

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545315

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545315.001.0001

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Introduction: The End of the Old Order

Introduction: The End of the Old Order

(p.1) Introduction: The End of the Old Order
F D Maurice and the Crisis of Christian Authority

Jeremy Morris

Oxford University Press

Frederick Denison Maurice (1805–1872) was one of the foremost theologians of the modern Church of England. Through a series of bruising encounters with contemporary theologians, he pioneered a creative response to the critical challenges of modernity, seeking to defend traditional Christian belief by a searching re-examination of biblical theology, and by a profound conviction of the integrity of Christian life and faith in time. The main focus of this book is Maurice’s ecclesiology. In his attention to the doctrine of the Church, Maurice enunciated a series of critical principles that remain central to Anglican reflection in particular. He has been claimed as the theoretician of comprehensiveness, the inspiration for the Church of England’s social witness, the founder of Christian Socialism, and the exponent of an ecumenical methodology which has encouraged rapprochement between Catholicism and Protestantism. He produced, albeit sketchily, a representative theory of ministry, in contrast to the hierarchical model supported by the Tractarians. He anticipated the baptismal ecclesiology.

Keywords:   Frederick Denison Maurice, Church of England, Christian Socialism, ecclesiology, theology, Christian belief, Catholicism, Protestantism, ministry

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