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December 27th, 2016 by Joel Watts

A definition of Anglicanism or Wesleyanism?

Scott has started the swim across the Thames, and frankly, in interested in Canturbury as well. 

I found this definition of the Anglican Church that I thought looked familiar: 

Our special character and, as we believe, our peculiar contribution to the Universal Church, arises from the fact that, owing to historical circumstances, we have been enabled to combine in one fellowship the traditional faith and order of the catholic church with that immediacy of approach to God through Christ to which the evangelical churches especially bear witness, and freedom of intellectual inquiry, whereby the correlation of the Christian revelation and advancing knowledge is constantly effected.(William Temple, in The Lambeth Conference 1930: Encyclical Letter from the Bishops (London: SPCK, n. d.), pp. 113–14.)

That looks like the bill of goods we’ve been sold about the UMC.

With one caveat. 

Our intellectual expiration is for a reason: to advance Christian Tradition. We believe to learn and learn to believe. 

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


One Response to “A definition of Anglicanism or Wesleyanism?”
  1. Well, the immediacy of access to Christ, in the sense of which an evangelical might speak, is NOT the normative experience for traditional Episcopalians. That statement is, well, just a deception, in the main. Most of the evangelical/charismatic episcopalians, in my experience, have been either marginalized, or have left for (hopefully) greener fields.

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