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Statement of Purpose Scripture, Tradition, Reason--Anglican & Old Catholic Statement of Purpose

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    Scripture, Tradition, Reason--Anglican & Old Catholic Statement of Purpose


    STR Forum Guidelines:
    Members of the STR forum should show civility and mutual respect towards one another irrespective of jurisdiction or churchmanship. Enter into all discussions and debates demonstrating your respect and courtesy towards other members through civil dialogue. Do not state or imply that another member who has identified himself or herself as Anglican is not, in reality, truly Anglican because of belief, practice, or their affiliation with any particular Anglican church body. Discuss and debate specific topics from your own Anglican theological viewpoint, allowing others to do likewise without fear of judgment and condemnation. Do not get sidetracked into debating whether or not another member's beliefs are right or wrong according to your Anglican theological background or viewpoint. When making a statement about Anglican beliefs please consider prefacing your statement with "some Anglicans believe".

    When discussing and debating some topics please be aware that your personal beliefs may at times be challenged or criticized. Don't become defensive or personally offended when your beliefs are challenged or criticized. Members themselves, however, are never to be personally flamed. Flaming is defined as an attack on another member's character, as opposed to their arguments or beliefs.

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    STR Statement of Faith:
    A few things to know about Anglicans and Old Catholics:

    1. The Anglican and Old Catholic churches include many different provinces and communions worldwide who express a range of perspectives on different doctrines. Despite this breadth of thought within our Churches, it is possible for them to coexist.

    2. Anglican beliefs are expressed in the old Latin rule "Lex orandi, lex credendi" or "the law of prayer is the law of belief". Therefore, one looking for Anglican beliefs should find them in the Book of Common Prayer, in its various forms around the world. The BCP is a rule for both doctrine and praxis, and the theology contained therein is normative for Anglicans in general. While there are diverse interpretive opinions on some of the contents of the BCP and the alternative worship books that have been adopted in some churches, they are generally regarded as orthodox and representative of Anglicanism's essential beliefs. This would also include the Articles of Faith which are found in the BCP.

    3. Anglicanism is generally tolerant of variant forms of worship. However, variants should not be promoted as being core Anglican norms. "Accepted by some Anglicans" is a true statement that should be used instead of "is the Anglican viewpoint".

    Resources:
    To learn more about what Anglicans believe please see: Anglicans Online | Books of Common Prayer.
    To learn more about what the Utrecht Union of Catholic Churches believe see: Union of Utrecht of the Old Catholic Churches.
    The doctrinal statement of the Church of England: Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion

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