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Anglican Ritualism in Victorian Britain 1830–1910$
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Nigel Yates

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269892

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269892.001.0001

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The attempt to control Anglican ritualism

The attempt to control Anglican ritualism

(p.213) 5 The attempt to control Anglican ritualism
Anglican Ritualism in Victorian Britain 1830–1910

Nigel Yates

Oxford University Press

The divisions that existed within the Church of England over matters of ritual prompted authorities to enact legislation as a means to control ritualism. This chapter examines why it proved to be so difficult to control Anglican ritualism, whether through existing or new legislation. It looks at the motives of those who were determined to place limits on ritual innovation, as well as those of the many clergy and laity who were equally determined that such limits must be resisted, and those of the pragmatists who recognized that the judicial process had its limitations in matters of religious belief where opinions were strongly held and defended. It also discusses attempts to determine the legitimacy of doctrinal teaching through appeal to the courts, the impact of public opinion on discussions in Parliament, the establishment of the Royal Commission on Ritual in 1867, and the implementation of the Public Worship Regulation Act of 1874.

Keywords:   Church of England, ritualism, legislation, ritual innovation, clergy, laity, courts, Parliament, Royal Commission on Ritual, Public Worship Regulation Act of 1874

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