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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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Conclusion: Cultural Defence and Civil Religion

Conclusion: Cultural Defence and Civil Religion

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(p.223) Conclusion: Cultural Defence and Civil Religion
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Citizenship, Community, and the Church of England
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MATTHEW GRIMLEY

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270897.003.0008

This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the author. It discusses how the Church of England mitigated decline in the 19th and early 20th centuries by creating a moral community which went well beyond those who were within its own fold. It also discusses how the two concepts — cultural defence and civil religion — can help us understand how the inter-war Church of England was able to maintain a public presence and power out of proportion to its numerical strength.

Keywords:   Church of England, moral community, cultural defence, civil religion

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