Saturday, August 13, 2011

Jeremy Taylor on Anglican Orthodoxy

In honor of his Feast Day today, here are some thoughts on Anglican Orthodoxy from Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), Bishop of Down, Connor, and Dromore.

"For its Doctrine, [the Church of England] is certain it professes the belief of all that is written in the Old and New Testament, all that which is in the three creeds, the Apostolical, the Nicene, and that of Athanasius, and whatsoever was decreed in the four general councils or in any other truly such; and whatsoever was condemned in these our church hath legally declared to be heresy. And upon these accounts above four whole ages of the church went to heaven; they baptized all their catechumens into this faith, their hopes of heaven were upon this and a good life, their saints and martyrs lived and died in this alone, they denied communion to none that professed this faith. 'This is the catholic faith,' so saith the creed of Athanasius; and unless a company of men have power to alter the faith of God, whosoever live and die in this faith are entirely catholic and Christian. So the Church of England hath the same faith without dispute that the church had for four or five hundred years, and therefore there could be nothing wanting here to saving faith if we live according to our belief."

"Every Minister ought to be careful that he never expound Scriptures in publick contrary to the known sence of the Catholick Church, and particularly of the Churches of England and Ireland, nor introduce any Doctrine against any of the four first General Councils; for these, as they are measures of truth, so also of necessity; that is, as they are safe, so they are sufficient; and besides what is taught by these, no matter of belief is necessary to salvation ..."

Hat tip to Catholicity and Covenant for the second quote.


Anonymous said...

This sounds interesting. I've recently started reading Holy Dying, in hopes of preparing for doing so. What he says is often uncomfortable, but it seems to be unavoidably true. JT is new to me, but seems to belong in the great circle of serious Anglo-Catholic spiritual writers (along with Hooker, Laud, Maurice, Lewis, Temple, and maybe Conrad Noel).

I'm a Prayer Book user in terms of the Office, but don't want to get into all the right-wing politics often associated with Prayer Book Societies. Do you have any suggestions for other Anglicans to talk to? Don't know much about the blogosphere, but start me off with e-mail places?

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Bryan Owen said...

Hi MilesSmiles. I'm glad that you've discovered Jeremy Taylor and that you're exploring the riches of the Prayer Book.

Speaking of The Book of Common Prayer, you may find the following postings on my blog interesting:

Bringing Each Day Captive to Christ Through the Daily Office

The Daily Office as a Means of Grace

Spiritual Revitalization and the Non-Negotiable Book of Common Prayer

As for other Anglicans to talk to ...

In addition to the website I offered a hat tip to in this posting, I cannot recommend more highly Fr. Jonathan's blog at The Conciliar Anglican. He's posted numerous times on liturgy and the Prayer Book. And his articulation and defense of classical Anglicanism is a much needed corrective to tendencies towards embracing novelty and elevating private judgment at the expense of the Scripture-Tradition-Reason nexus of authority.

I hope this is helpful to you!