Thursday, June 03, 2004

More Nockles

"Church or Protestant Sect? The Church of Ireland, High Churchmanship, and the Oxford Movement, 1822–1869"
The Historical Journal (1998), 41:457-493

In this fine article, Nockles debunks the reputation imputed to the Church of Ireland as being resolutely Low Church. He finds a strong High Church element which nonetheless resisted extreme Tractarianism and which was in fact undermined by the post-Oxford Movement polarization of ecclesiastical positions. Quite a good read. Nockles locates the end of High Church vitality and viability in 1869, when an Evangelical rise to power coincided with disestablishment.

Perhaps Altitudinarian should give Nockles Awards to distinguished High Churchmen today.

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