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Evangelical Mission and Anglican Church Order

sal2009Evangelical Mission and Anglican Church Order: Charles Simeon Reconsidered By Andrew Atherstone

Charles Simeon (1759-1836) of Cambridge, the doyen of the evangelical movement, has often been portrayed as an ardent upholder of Anglican church order. His abhorrence of ecclesiastical irregularities is legendary. For two centuries Simeon’s defence of canon law and submission to episcopal authority has been presented as the standard of loyal Anglican churchmanship, a model for other evangelicals in the Church of England to follow.

This study puts Simeon’s attitude to church order under renewed scrutiny. It argues that his approach to Anglican regulations was far more subversive than has previously been assumed. It shows how he challenged the Anglican status quo by his involvement in irregular preaching, illegal meetings, voluntary associations and the quasi-episcopal deployment of clergy. It concludes that Simeon’s attitude to order was one of expediency and present needs. By his actions he demonstrated that gospel ministry always takes priority over the rules of the church.

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This St Antholin’s Lecture for 2009 marks the 250th anniversary of Simeon’s birth.

Andrew Atherstone is tutor in history and doctrine, and Latimer research fellow, at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. His publications include The Martyrs of Mary Tudor (second edition 2007), Oxford’s Protestant Spy (2007), Oxford (2008) and, as editor, The Heart of Faith (2008) and Such A Great Salvation (2008). His major research interest is the history of evangelicalism in the Church of England, and he is preparing a critical edition of the complete correspondence of Charles Simeon for the Church of England Record Society.

Also available as part of a compilation of St Antholin Lectures, Preachers, Pastors, and Ambassadors.

Published 2009.

ISBN: 978 0 946307 71 5

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