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The Oxford Movement in Context: Anglican High Churchmanship, 1760-1857 [Paperback]

By Peter B. Nickles (Author) & Peter B. Nockles (Author)
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This study breaks new ground in setting the Oxford Movement in its historical and theological context. Peter Nockles conducts a rigorous examination of the nineteenth-century Catholic revival in the Church of England, and shows that in many respects this revival had been anticipated by a revival of the Anglican High Church tradition in the preceding seventy years. No other study offers such a comprehensive treatment of the extent of divergence, as well as of continuity, between the Oxford Movement and the older High Churchmanship preceding it.

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This book offers a radical reassessment of the significance of the Oxford Movement and of its leaders, Newman, Keble, and Pusey, by setting them in the context of the Anglican High Church tradition of the preceding 70 years.

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Studio: Cambridge University Press
Pages   364
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.99" Width: 6" Height: 0.73"
Weight:   1.06 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 9, 2004
Publisher   Cambridge University Press
ISBN  0521587190  
ISBN13  9780521587198  

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For the serious student  Jan 31, 2003
The Oxford Movement in Context : Anglican High Churchmanship, 1760-1857 by Peter B. Nockles is an excellent history of the Oxford Movement. This book goes into the roots of the Anglican Church, the decades prior to the publishing of the Tracts for the Times, and of course, John Henry Newman. Peter Nockles does a better job than the other authors on this topic I've read of defining the theology of each group within the Church of England. Another of my favorite aspects of this book is that although John Henry Newman is at the center of things, he is not the life and soul of the Movement as other writers place him. Nockles shows you the other men involved in the Oxford Movement throughout its history.
I recommend this book to those who have some knowledge of the topic already and are looking for a book that goes into detail. This is definately not an introduction to the topic; if you are looking for an introduction I recommend starting with a differant book and picking this one up later.
Towards a Holier Church of England  Sep 25, 2002
too scholarly, richly detailed and subtly nuanced to be the first
book about John Henry Newman or the Oxford Movement that a
novice in 19th Century British history will feel up to. The
beginner might well first read Newman's two novels CALLISTA
and LOSS AND GAIN and then slowly and deliberately spiral
outward and upward into the huge specialized literature about
the Church of England (CoE) in the first half of the 19th Century.

With that caveat, a more advanced reader will not want to pass
Nockles by. For this distinguished scholar brings to life the late
18th and early 19th Century Church of England and also its
embattled on-the-defensive sisters in Scotland and Ireland. That
Church is seen as it battles Parliament to remain "established,"
that is, the popular religion of England and a kind of partner to
Crown and Government. The Oxford Movement appeared after
the Reformers, the Puritans and the Methodists as yet another
effort to return an increasingly worldly, secularizing CoE to
Christian religious fervor.

Inevitably, John Henry Newman takes center stage. His early
conversion to Evangelical Christianity within the CoE also
introduced him to patristics and the Christianity of the first five
centuries. He and his associates in the reforming Oxford
Movement, Richard Hurrell Froude, John Keble and Edward
Pusey, as Nockles demonstrates, did not come from nowhere.
They built more than they were willing to admit on often
underestimated predecessors of the previous fifty years,
especially among the old "high and dry" Anglican high

There was a nation-wide struggle for the religious heart of John
Bull among Anglicans across the board, Evangelicals,
Methodists, Roman Catholics, secularizers and the "middle way"
Oxford Movement. Newman and colleagues moved boldly with
their 90 Tracts for the Times to vindicate the apostolic and
"catholic" claims of the national church. They challenged often
wealthy, worldly bishops to stand up to an interfering
Parliament--even to the point of martyrdom. The Oxford
Movement also sought to restore pre-Reformation beliefs and
practices to a church officially, albeit weakly, Protestant.

Even as the CoE establishment beat back Newman and the
Movement, it eventually absorbed many of their ideas on liturgy,
reading of history, prophetical religion, celibacy, invocation of
saints, auricular confession, the Eucharist, Baptism and on and

In short, the Oxford Movement, like predecessor waves of
reform throughout English history, left the national church an
organization much more dedicated than before both to individual
holiness and to ways of life inducive to collective sanctity.
Ironically, as Peter Nockles concludes (p. 320) "...the Oxford
Movement caused the Church of England to become
theologically more tolerant when, in fact, its aim had been to
make it more dogmatic."



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