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How much of a reformed leaning does Anglicanism have in its theology?

Discussion in 'Scripture,Tradition,Reason-Anglican & Old Catholic' started by Leevo, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. Leevo

    Leevo Well-Known Member

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    How much of a Calvinist influence, I mean...

    I am investigating Anglicanism but this has me wondering due to my disagreements with reformed theology...
     
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  2. Feuerbach

    Feuerbach Continuing Anglican

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    The short answer is it will depend on what jurisdiction/diocese/parish one finds themselves in. I'd say that broadly speaking, it is a minority of Anglicans who would consider themselves Reformed in their theology.
     
  3. Bonifatius

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    Well, the good thing about Anglicanism is that you can decide yourself how much Calvinism you want to have in it. It is pretty clear that historically there was a mild Calivnist influence in 16th and 17th century Anglicanism. You can still find it in the 39 articles. However, this influence became weaker and weaker and is now mainly found in so called 'continuing' Anglican churches - most of which are not members of the Anglican Communion. Some low church congregations also show more of a Calvinis heritage than most mainline Anglican churches. Generally Anglicanism has reinvented itself in the 19th century both in liturgy as well as in theology. During that phase almost all what was left of the Calvinist influence vanished away. Today it is possible to be Anglican without even acknowledging that Calvinism ever played a role in Anglican theology. And certainly it is possible to be Anglican without being a Calvinist. ;-)
     
  4. Leevo

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    That's good to hear. Anglicanism has peaked my interest but sadly there are no ACNA parishes close enough for me to travel to.
     
  5. Feuerbach

    Feuerbach Continuing Anglican

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    Are there any Continuing Anglican or Episcopal parishes nearby or are you only interested in ACNA?
     
  6. FireDragon76

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    Anglicans have a lot of their own theological tradition but you won't always find Episcopalians/Anglicans that are actually familiar with it.

    In some places a strong Reformed emphasis can still be found. The Episcopal cathedral I went to had a lot of clergy from a Reformed background (mostly Baptist), and many of the ordinands were sent to the local conservative Reformed seminary. It's one reason I never felt comfortable in that church. It only felt half Episcopalian, and the politics of the church was seriously out of step with the national body. They had closer ties to Australia at times than the rest of the US.


    Mostly what you are going to find is just "mere Christianity" with a catholic emphasis and a lot of respect for tradition compared to other Protestant groups.

    ACNA churches tend to be charismatic and low liturgy.
     
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  7. Leevo

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    There is an Episcopal parish closer but I am highly skeptical of them due to the Episcopal church's liberal theology. Mainly, the acceptance of gay marriage...
     
  8. Feuerbach

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    Your profile says you live in Tennessee - which part? I used to live in Nashville and there is a Continuing Anglican presence in the middle Tennessee. If you live in East or West I'm not as familiar, but that may be worth a shot too.
     
  9. Albion

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    Just a few additions: Continuing Anglican churches are usually not Calvinistic. ACNA is not a low (liturgy) church jurisdiction. And the "Reformed tradition" is most evident in churches that DO belong to the Anglican Communion, not in either of these mentioned above which do not. In this country that means The Episcopal Church, and the parishes that are of that sort are mainly in the South (not surprisingly).
     
  10. Leevo

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    I am in East TN, the only two I can find closest to me are in Knoxville, about an hour away.
     
  11. FireDragon76

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    I would point out just because the national body for the Episcopal Church takes a particular position doesn't mean that local churches actually have gay marriages. It's just an option. It's mostly decided by the parish vestry and the priests there. Anglicans are not like Roman Catholics where everyone has to agree.
     
  12. Feuerbach

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    It sounds like you have limited options. Sadly, this is not out of the norm in many parts of the country regardless of whether one's a part of TEC, ACNA, or a continuing jurisdiction.
     
  13. Albion

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    I'm finding several Anglican parishes in Chattanooga and a few others that I can't yet pinpoint geographically.
     
  14. Leevo

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    Yeah, we have a million baptist churches around here but sadly very few traditional churches like Anglican, Orthodox, or even Catholic. Luckily the Catholic church is right across the street from my work though, so I may just have to return there for now and hope that in the future a more reachable Anglican Church pops up.
     
  15. Leevo

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    Thanks for searching, Chattanooga is about 2 hours from me, the two I was able to find were in Knoxville, about an hour away.
     
  16. Albion

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    GIve me a minute and I should be able to narrow down the possibilities. I'm assuming that you are somewhere between Knoxville and Chattanooga.
     
  17. Leevo

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    Yep!
     
  18. Albion

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    Alas, if you're in the area of Sweetwater, you may be out of luck. I'm finding Soddy-Daisy and Sevierville, as well as Knoxville and Chattanooga, but not where you need it to be.
     
  19. Leevo

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    Yeah, I figured as much. Thanks for looking though! Back to the Catholic church it is, hah!
     
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