What is Anglicanism?
- Anglicanism is Biblical Christianity
This means that its faith and practice are based solidly on the Bible. We believe that the Holy Scriptures, understood in the light of the writings of the Early Church Fathers and 2,000 years of consistent church teaching, contain all things necessary for salvation.
- Anglicanism is Creedal Christianity
We uphold that the Nicene Creed and Apostles Creed contain the core truths of the Christian faith. At every Eucharist and in the Daily Office we reaffirm our belief in the Trinity, Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Saviour of mankind, the Incarnation, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, the Ascension, the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, the forgiveness of sins, the second coming, and the bodily resurrection of the dead.
- Anglicanism is Evangelical Christianity
This means that Anglicanism is outward-facing. We take seriously Christ's command to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them all what He commanded us. Accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour is merely the prelude to the Christian life. Making disciples necessarily involves bringing others to the fullness of the catholic faith and a total participation therein- doctrinally, sacramentally, spiritually, and communally. For this reason, we have a focus on catechesis- forming others in the essential doctrines of the Christian faith.
- Anglicanism is Catholic Christianity
Its catholicity is not just a matter of seeking worldwide fellowship, cooperation and, where possible, church communion with all Christians and congregations everywhere, but a matter also of seeking to discern and embrace the fullness of the historic faith, as opposed to a merely partial view of it. Like the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church, orthodox Anglicans uphold the historic faith and order of the undivided Church. We are nothing more nor less than Catholic Christians, seeking to be faithful to the teaching of the Early Church Fathers and the great Ecumenical Councils of the first centuries of Christian witness. With St. Vincent of Lerins, we affirm that the Catholic faith is that which has been believed “everywhere, always, and by all.”
- Anglicanism is Historic Christianity
The Anglican (English) Church did not start in the 1500's with King Henry VIII, but rather in the earliest centuries of the church, when Christianity was first brought to England. The Church of England existed before the Reformation and traces its roots back to the Patristic age. This same Church, which predated the arrival of Augustine and his missionaries from Rome in the sixth century, is continuous with the Church of England that emerged from the sixteenth century Reformation. Reformed, yes, but not a new denomination; it still maintained the sacraments, creeds, and holy orders of the undivided church of the early centuries.
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