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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 Catholicity of Protestantism: Redescribing the Church

The Catholicity of Protestantism: Redescribing the Church

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F D Maurice and the Crisis of Christian Authority

Jeremy Morris

Oxford University Press

The four years from Frederick Denison Maurice’s ordination in January 1834 to the appearance of the first edition of The Kingdom of Christ in 1838 were momentous ones, both for the national Church and for Maurice himself. A critical appreciation of The Kingdom of Christ must be central to any attempt to understand the shape of Maurice’s ecclesiology and his view of Anglicanism, since it is by far his most substantial work on the Christian Church. It forms the main focus of this chapter. However, its writing must be read against the background of widening ‘party’ divisions within the Church of England. Maurice was eventually (and reluctantly) to be identified with one specific group, the so-called Broad Church. However if, in the early 1830s, he inclined in fact towards the Tractarians, he did so without any intention of signalling ‘party’ affiliation. This chapter looks at Maurice’s attitudes toward Anglicanism, Tractarianism, and Evangelicalism.

Keywords:   Frederick Denison Maurice, The Kingdom of Christ, Church of England, Anglicanism, Tractarianism, Evangelicalism, Broad Church, ecclesiology

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