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Another text on the Thirty-Nine Articles: Maclear and Williams’ An Introduction to the Articles of the Church of England

June 26, 2011

Tonight I came across another book on the Thirty-Nine Articles in PDF form – one that I have long sought: An Introduction to the Articles of the Church of England, by the Rev. G.F. Maclear and the Rev. W.W. Williams.  (I have owned this book in paper form for several years.)  This text was published in 1895 by Macmillan and Co., and these authors have exemplary credentials: Maclear was Warden of St. Augustine’s College, Canterbury, while Williams was a Fellow of that same College.

In the Preface, Dr. Maclear writes that

In the interpretation of the Articles I have striven always to give due weight to their plain and grammatical sense, as they were understood by the divines of the period of Edward VI. and Queen Elizabeth, and wherever the language of the Articles themselves has been doubtful or obscure, to remember the recommendation of the: Canon of 1571 laid down in the same Convocation that required subscription to the Articles, to put forth only “that, which is agreeable to the doctrine of the Old and New Testaments, and that which the Catholic doctors and ancient Bishops have collected out of the same doctrine.”

I do think he succeeded in doing this, and hence this is not a bad text to read if one wants to know more about the Articles.  See what you think, and I’ll add it to the Resources page soon.

One Comment leave one →
  1. H Lee Poteet permalink
    June 26, 2011 3:15 am

    I look forward to reading it because their attitude appears entirely proper.

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