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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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Church and Nation

Church and Nation

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F D Maurice and the Crisis of Christian Authority

Jeremy Morris

Oxford University Press

Frederick Denison Maurice’s understanding of the nation as one of the three forms of social life providentially ordained as part of the spiritual constitution implied that the Christian Church was intrinsically related to national identity and character. A church truly possessed of Catholicity could be the church of the nation. Maurice himself did not much like the word ‘Established’, and claimed to prefer ‘English’ in its place. However, this depended on a particular reading of history. Only by tracing historically the lineaments of Catholicity in the Church of England could its identity as the Catholic Church in England be proved. By this means, Maurice sought to justify the state’s recognition of the Church of England against a rising tide of radical and dissenting criticism. This chapter deals with Maurice’s arguments concerning the relations between church and state.

Keywords:   Frederick Denison Maurice, nation, Christian Church, Catholicity, Church of England, Catholic Church, church and state

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