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E. Tyrrell Green: “The Thirty-Nine Articles and the Age of the Reformation”

February 26, 2010

Tonight I came across a book by E. Tyrrell Green, a professor at St. David’s College in Wales in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, titled The Thirty-Nine Articles and the Age of the Reformation.  This book by Green, who was an Anglo-Catholic, is interesting for his take on the place of the Articles, particularly since it was first published in 1896.  From a technical perspective I have to say I am amazed by the Internet Archive’s page-turning format!

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  1. February 26, 2010 11:17 am

    I got through the Inroduction and the first two chapters and find this a very interesting and erudite volume. I will be going back to it until I have finished it, but I was chiefly taken with where it places the state of the English Church as of 1543. What it leaves you with is Roman Catholicism without the Pope and the Curia.

    • February 26, 2010 12:03 pm

      Thank you for that most perceptive comment. That does make me think about this statement by Archbishop Haverland of the ACC where he mentions 1543 as the cutoff – “The teachings of the Fathers and of the Councils are accepted ‘as received in the Church of England through the year 1543”. All of a sudden I am not quite as optimistic that the ACC itself will wind up being as hospitable to what I’d call the Anglicanism of Hooker and Taylor; it seems to me that 1549 would be a far better cutoff point, and I’d probably prefer a bit later than that.

  2. February 26, 2010 12:21 pm

    The major problem with the ACC is that its clergy are dominated by “partisan Anglo-Catholics (read: anglo-papists) whose hatred for prayer book Anglicanism is not only irrational, but ultimately grounded in the prejudices of a sexual minority from which they would (at least, most of them) recoil. But as their learning is largely lacking in specifics such as where that date in English Church history actually leaves us, they can pretend erudition.

    They want the prayer book rejected in favor of the missal, but without the prayer book they would never have either the apostolic succession or the valid orders which they crave. And every time they use the missal rather than the Book of Common Prayer and reject the ceremonial of the English Church for that of the innovations of the Pian Missal of 1570, what they are really doing is setting up Rome as the ultimate authority in the Western Church. But there are places in Rome where they are equally unhappy with their lace draped brethern and where the Eucharist looks almost Alcuin Club and Dearmerite in its vesture and ceremonial.

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