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Fr. Charles Erlandson: “Tract II (Part 1): When Did Anglicanism Begin?”

October 13, 2019

You may remember that Fr. Charles Erlandson wrote an essay titled Tracts for the Times 2.0 for The North American Anglican a few weeks ago, and then followed that up with a second essay, titled Tract I: What is Anglicanism?.  He has now written a third essay in this series titled Tract II (Part 1): When Did Anglicanism Begin? and this one is also well worth reading.  He seeks to ground this essay in the facts of history:

However, the historical facts tell a different story in three parts. The first part of the history is the history of the Church in England before the Church was incorporated to a large degree within the life of the Roman Catholic Church. I will present compelling evidence in this tract that the Church in England was independent of the Church of Rome for roughly five and half centuries (and for four centuries at a minimum). The second part of the story, which I’ll tell in the next Tracts for the Times 2.0, is the story of how the English Church became more closely identified with the Roman Catholic Church, while at the same time frequently protesting her ancient independence from Rome. The third part of the story is the now nearly 500 years of the independence of the English Church from the Roman Catholic Church.

I think he is certainly right that the Church was there in England for centuries before the Church of Rome sent Augustine of Canterbury, and that Anglicanism began in those centuries.  I will be looking forward to Part 2 of this Tract!

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