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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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The Demise of the Confessional State

The Demise of the Confessional State

(p.19) 1 The Demise of the Confessional State
F D Maurice and the Crisis of Christian Authority

Jeremy Morris

Oxford University Press

Frederick Denison Maurice’s decision to be baptized into the Church of England, and ultimately ordained into its ministry, was fraught with political implications. He was born into a religious tradition that did not enjoy legal toleration until he was eight years old. Historians disagree about the relevance of the term ‘confessional State’ to England at this time. It should not be confused with the term ‘confessional Church’. Rather, the term ‘confessional State’ suggests an intrinsic link between church and state. As with the Catholic Church in France, the Church of England was certainly vulnerable in the late eighteenth century. There were massive disparities of income and wealth in the Church, with many clergy living in poverty.

Keywords:   Frederick Denison Maurice, Church of England, confessional State, church and state, crisis, income, wealth

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