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Is the Church of England protestant?


Is the Church of England protestant?

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    Homersham Cox
Excerpt from book: IS THE CHUKCH OF ENGLAND PROTESTANT? Much Depends at the present time on the answer to this question. If the Church of England is correctly designated Protestant, the Evangelical party has an almost unassailable position. Their argument stands simply thus : The Church is Protestant—ergo, we are justified in upholding the thing called Protestantism, and in using our utmost endeavours to repress opposition to it by vigorous legislation. But the first step in the argument is based on an unproved assumption. Search the Prayer Book through, and you will not find the word ' Protestant' once used. Nowhere in the Articles, Liturgy, or Homilies does it occur. If there were one instance—only one solitary instance—in which the designation had been adopted by our Church: if on any single occasion, from the period of the Reformation until the present time, she had so designated herself: the Evangelicals would have some justification for their persistent endeavours to assimilate the English Church to the Kirk of Scotland and the Lutheran and Calvinistic congregations of the Continent. Mere reiteration, however frequent or vehement, will not supply the place of proof. If the Church be Protestant, how easy must it be to point to the passage or passages in her authentic records in which the title is assumed ! As I said, much depeiids on this preliminary proof. Show that the title is correct, and it only remains to give a definition of Protestantism sufficiently wide in order to build on this basis a structure of any desired height. All that is wanting is the foundation of the edifice. The object of the following pages is to show that not only has the Church never assumed the name ' Protestant,' but— what is more important—that she has never in fact been Protestant, either in her doctri...  
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