The Anglican Church

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The Anglican Church Between 1000-1500 AD, people began to question the integrity of the traditional Catholic church. Indulgences were widely sold, was basically the practice of priests selling repentance for their sins. In addition to this, many priests were very uneducated and violated their vows a lot. Idols were also commonly worshipped. (About the Anglican Church 1) The Anglican Church was actually begun in the early Current Era. The oldest records of the religion are those of St. Alban, who was a pagan who was martyred for his Anglican beliefs. Many people of this time did not like the route that the Catholic Church was taking, and looked for reforms. These were lead by Luther, Zwingili, and Calvin. (About…Church 2) It was in 1549 that a man named Thomas Crammer put together the English Prayer Book. This took the classical Catholic ideas and put them into English, the Language of the People. This Prayer Book did not catch on with the newly formulated Protestant churches, but it did become the main worship book for the Anglican Church. (About…Church 2) When brought into the United States, it was still basically known as the “English Church.” Because of the lack of respect at the time between the Americans and the English, the churches name in America was changed to the Episcopal Church. (About…Church 2) A major part of the modern Anglican Church took place in St. Louis, Missouri in 1977. Reforms attempted here included a return to emphasis on Scripture, allowing morals to be included in the faith, and adopting some ancient Catholic tradition. In addition to these, it was here that the Anglican Catholic Church pronounced itself to be a separate church body from the Episcopal Church. This meeting became later known as the “Affirmation of St. Louis.” (About…Church 2) The basic premise surrounding the Anglican faith is related to the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. These are believed to be authentic documents of God’s revelation to his people. The Anglican Faith also centers itself around the trinity, that is, God being three in one as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They believe that because of Jesus’ death and resurrection they are granted access to live with God. As for morals, Anglicans are expected to live by the laws of God and to “keep God in their hearts” at all times.
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