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Citizenship, Community, and the Church of EnglandLiberal Anglican Theories of the State Between the Wars$
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Matthew Grimley

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199270897

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270897.001.0001

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Liberal Anglican Theories of the State

Liberal Anglican Theories of the State

(p.25) 1 Liberal Anglican Theories of the State
Citizenship, Community, and the Church of England


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This chapter focuses on the proponents of state power, who belonged to what can loosely be termed the Liberal Anglican tradition in English political thought. This tradition propounded a moral, organic state which embodied the whole national community. It held that Christianity had an essential role to play in providing common social values for the state, and that this was best accomplished through a national Church. It envisaged a tightly knit society, repudiating class conflict, and emphasizing the importance of education for the individual and society. Its roots lay in the 1830s, but its influence was to persist for over a century, branching into British Idealism and Christian socialism. This was the tradition which William Temple and his contemporaries inherited, and which they had to restate in the light of changed circumstances after 1918.

Keywords:   Church, state, Liberal Anglicans, British Idealism, Christian socialism

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