Anglicans? A deadly notion

28 July 2010

The Church Times. July 29th, 1910.

WHEN we first mentioned the fact that the immediate outcome of the recent World’s Missionary Confer­ence was the appointment of a Continuation Committee, we ex­pressed the hope that the Church might not in any official or quasi-official way be associated with this body. We learn, therefore, with a feeling of relief that in consequence, as we may reasonably infer, of the remonstrance of a large number of Incorporated Members, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel intends to take no part in the Con­tinuation Committee’s proceed­ings. Individual members of S.P.G. will, no doubt, use their liberty of conduct to serve on the Committee, but that is their affair, and whatever may be the course of action to which they will be asked to pledge themselves, the Venerable Society will not be affected thereby. There is the greatest need to guard against any appearances of encouraging the deadly notion, advanced with in­creasing urgency by Dissenters, and coming to be accepted by the public mind, that, apart from Roman Catholics, English Christianity is composed of a number of Protest­ant sects, of which the “Anglicans” are simply the most numerous, but, as compared with the others collec­tively, are perhaps numerically in­ferior, and, in any case, possess no exclusive right to the name of Churchmen. There is one thing, at any rate, that we can do, which is not to label ourselves “Anglicans”, whoever else may choose so to name us.

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