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William Augustus Muhlenberg: An Evangelical In Context

Matt Colvin, a missionary in the Reformed Episcopal Church, has written a thoughtful criticism of my reading of the Muhlenberg Memorial, arguing that I have failed to read its grammar closely. Pastor Colvin believes that Pr. Muhlenberg was indeed a High Churchman, although he demures from defining the term, and that at the very least […]

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Not So High Church: William Augustus Muhlenberg as Test Case

We have been talking recently about the concepts of being “high church” and “catholic” as regards to ecclesiology, liturgy, aesthetics, and one’s view of tradition. This is a conversation at the center of TCI’s identity, as we count ourselves as members of the ongoing “Reformed Catholicity” and “Evangelical Catholicity” conversation while we at the same […]

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Alister McGrath on Anglo-Catholicism

In a 2007 article for an Irish Anglican publication, Alister McGrath evaluates the merits of Anglo-Catholicism in light of history and leading contemporary scholarship. He concludes that any narrative which attempts to explain Anglicanism as being an alternative to Protestantism is, “historically indefensible.” Dr. McGrath gives some specific pieces of evidence: Many Anglican writers sympathetic […]

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Reactions to Anglo-Catholicism in 19th Cent. America

Allen C. Guelzo, in his very informative¬†For the Union of Evangelical Christendom: The Irony of the Reformed Episcopalians, records the negative reaction to Anglo-Catholicism on the part of the established church leadership in the 19th cent. First the “High Church” opposition: John Henry Hopkins, Bishop of Vermont, had never found any reason to swerve from […]