Tag Archives: Jeremy Taylor

Biblical Catholicism: Smells and Bells

I was baptized as an infant in the spring of 1980 into Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. As it happens, it was the Roman Catholic Church where I was raised and where I first learned to call upon … Continue reading

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Biblical Catholicism: The New Old High Churchmen

In Anglican circles today, the term “High Church” has become so thoroughly associated with Anglo-Catholicism that the two are assumed to be synonymous. Even in other Christian bodies, the phrases “High Church” and “Low Church” have come to be associated … Continue reading

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Ask an Anglican: The Reformers and the Divines

Wesley writes:  I have seen and heard you make reference to the classical Anglican divines. Who are the Anglican divines? Who were they, what was their place in Anglican history, what contributions did they make to the church, what are … Continue reading

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Death Is Not Natural

Among the clumsy things that we say to try to comfort one another when somebody dies, there are a number of phrases that insinuate, either explicitly or implicitly, that death is a good thing, even a godly thing. ‘It was … Continue reading

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Ask an Anglican: Escaping Into Eastern Orthodoxy

Nathan writes: I would be grateful for your thoughts on why you feel classical Anglicanism preserves the Apostolic faith with more fidelity than the Eastern Orthodox church, which also makes the claim to be the most Patristic, similar-to-the-the-undivided-church Church. I … Continue reading

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On The Eucharist: The Mass is a Sacrifice, it’s Just Not a Mass

Nothing perks up the itching ears of Romophobic Protestants faster than the specter of Eucharistic sacrifice. Calling what happens in Holy Communion a sacrifice is the surest and fastest way to get yourself tarred as a crypto-papist. Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, … Continue reading

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On The Eucharist

“The holy communion, or supper of the Lord, is the most sacred, mysterious, and useful conjugation of secret and holy things in the religion,” wrote Jeremy Taylor in his 1660 treatise The Worthy Communicant. Taylor points out that many men … Continue reading

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All May, None Must, Some Should

“As to confessing one’s sins to a priest, all may do so, none must do so, some should do so.” I was in seminary when I first heard that bit of folk wisdom meant to summarize the Anglican teaching on … Continue reading

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Ask an Anglican: The Ecumenical Councils

Jay M. writes: I wanted to ask you why so many Anglicans refer only to the first Four Ecumenical Councils while Anglo-Catholics (and Eastern Orthodox as well) speak of the first great Seven Ecumenical Councils of the Church. What is … Continue reading

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Ten Anglican Must Reads

This exercise comes out of a conversation with a parishioner who has doctoral level interest in theology and has read the Fathers, the great theologians of the middle ages, and even much contemporary theology, but has never read much Anglican … Continue reading

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