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High Church ProphetBishop Samuel Horsley (1733–1806) and the Caroline Tradition in the Later Georgian Church$
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F. C. Mather

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202271

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202271.001.0001

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In order to fully appreciate Samuel Horsley's position it is necessary to enquire first into what his High Churchmanship comprised, then to establish where he stood in relation to other church leaders who were sometimes bracketed with him, and how important these were in the composition of the later Georgian Church. His outlook embraced four distinctively High Church features. Firstly, he believed strongly in the divine origin of the ministerial commission and that episcopacy was the means chosen by the apostles for transmitting spiritual authority to the clergy down the ages to his own time. Second, his High Churchmanship was signalized by a leaning to the Catholic view of the Eucharist. Reverence for the older liturgies was consonant with a third characteristic of his High Church outlook: an emphasis upon the mysterious quality of the Christian religion. The fourth component of the bishop's opinions that placed him squarely in the High Church camp was the importance he assigned to tradition as a mentor of church doctrine and practice.

Keywords:   Samuel Horsley, High Churchmanship, church reform, Catholics, High Church, church doctrine

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