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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 impact of Anglican ritualism

The impact of Anglican ritualism

(p.277) 6 The impact of Anglican ritualism
Anglican Ritualism in Victorian Britain 1830–1910

Nigel Yates

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the increase of ritualist activity in Anglican parishes in the thirty years following the passing of the Public Worship Regulation Act of 1874. It examines the effect that Tractarian theology and ritualist practice had on how some Anglican High–Churchmen viewed their relations with the Roman Catholic Church and sought practical ways of implementing reunion schemes. It takes account of ritualist innovations in other Protestant churches in Britain, which could hardly be expected to be unaffected by the developments in Anglican ones. By the 1890s, the failure to prevent the spread of ritualist practices within the Church of England and beyond it led to what has been termed the ‘Crisis in the Church’ and eventually to the setting up of a Royal Commission on Ecclesiastical Discipline. This chapter also looks at ritualism in the parishes between 1875 and 1904, along with ritualism in Protestant dissent and the Church of Scotland.

Keywords:   Public Worship Regulation Act of 1874, ritualism, ritual innovations, parishes, Anglican Church, Church of England, Protestant dissent, Church of Scotland, Royal Commission on Ecclesiastical Discipline, Tractarian theology

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