Referring to the Church of England or those churches in other countries that are in full Communion with it (e.g. The Episcopal Church in the US)

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What are the main differences between Anglicanism and Catholicism?

The Anglican Church came from the Roman Catholic Church about the same time as the Reformation was starting, but that doesn't answer how they are different on a practical level. How is the Anglican ...
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Do Anglo-Catholics encourage closed Communion?

Closed Communion seems to be commonly required in churches with more physical views of the Real Presence (excluding, of course, Reformed churches that hold to Calvin's "spiritual presence" view). The ...
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Why don't most Protestants consider confession to be a sacrament?

Most Protestants recognise only two sacraments, saying something like this (from the Anglican 39 Articles): There are two sacraments ordained of Christ our Lord in the Gospel, that is to say, ...
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What is the difference between Anglo-Catholicism and Catholicism?

I read about Anglo-Catholicism and what I found is that there aren't differences between them and Catholic (in term of doctrine). Am I wrong? If I'm not in wrong, the only difference is in the Pope's ...
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Why are Protestants from the Church of England allowed to divorce?

Since Paul said that divorce is forbidden, and Paul's letters are to be taken as word of God, why do some Protestant churches (Church of England for example) permit divorce?
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What is Church of England's doctrine on unbaptised dead infants and how was it formed?

The penultimate rubric in the Book of Common Prayer Public Baptism Service reads: "It is certain by God's Word, that children which are baptized, dying before they commit actual sin, are undoubtedly ...
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Where can I find the original scanned BCP printed in 1662?

Where can I find the original scanned Book of Common Prayer printed in 1662?
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Why do Anglicans have the “give away” optional in Common Worship but obligatory in Anglican Book of Common Prayer?

Why do Anglicans have the "give away" optional in Common Worship but obligatory in Anglican Book of Common Prayer, and since when did people make the "give away" optional? It says so right here: ...
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According to the Church of England, if humans have free will, why do we ask for things in prayer?

How does the Church of England reconcile these three things, which seem at odds with each other: The bible tells us to ask for things in prayer (ask for what we want / ask for bad things not to ...
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In the Church of England, can one accept communion without being confimed?

If someone is baptised as a child, but never confirmed, can such a person receive communion? I'd like the viewpoint of the Church of England.
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Why do (some) Anglican vicars use 'sing-songy' voices?

I'm confirmed into the Anglican Communion, though I haven't been a regular attender for about 10 years. Now 67 years old, I'm still interested in my Anglican heritage and what my Anglican infant ...
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What are the differences/distinctive between the Anglican and Episcopal churches?

I've never been very sure what the difference is between the Anglican and Episcopal churches. Is it safe to assume that in core doctrines their doctrinal stance would be pretty similar, i.e. ...
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How does current Church of England polity compare with Richard Hooker's teaching?

Richard Hooker's Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (1593) is a foundational document for the theology and ecclesiology of the Church of England. In it, he defends (among other things) the Anglican ...
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Why do Anglicans kneel when Catholics would stand?

During the liturgy in both churches, there are several times (for example, at the Collect, just before the first reading) when a prayer is introduced by words, "Let us pray." At those times, we ...
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What is the origin among the Church of England of the Paschal Greeting?

He is Risen! So the Eastern Churches practice the paschal greeting as an Easter thing and I've picked up that tradition as a Roman Catholic because I think it's awesome. One of my close friends who ...
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What is the origin and purpose of a new bishop being questioned by a layperson?

At the enthronement of Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury on 21 March 2013, the following exchange took place as part of the ceremony. Evangeline Kanagasooriam is a layperson from the diocese, ...
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Why does the Episcopal Church take votes on moral questions?

I read in the news today that the Episcopal Church is going to vote on same-sex 'marriage'. As a Catholic who looks to the Pope to issue statements on matters of faith and morals, and trusts the Holy ...
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Does any version of the Anglican church associate 'confirmation' with the Baptism of the Holy Ghost?

I know the question may seem weird, but I was reading an old history book the other day and the author seemed to be an old high Church Anglican that put a lot of weight on ceremony and I was very ...
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Is it fair to say that the Anglican Church was originally intended to be a 'middle ground' between Catholics and Protestants?

I was having a discussion with a friend and he made the claim: The Anglican Church was originally intended to be a 'middle ground' between Catholics and Protestants. This seemed half-true to ...
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What are Anglicans' opinion about Muhammad (founder of Islam)?

I heard from many Christians that they believe that Muhammad is a false prophet. Some other Christians believe he is prophet from God. What do Anglicans believe about Islam especially its founder? ...
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What is the position of the Episcopal Church on the evolution of man?

Pope Francis, in a speech given at a Pontifical Academy of Sciences, has declared his support of evolution as the scientific explanation of the origin of man. Following on the statements of his recent ...
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How do Anglicans, who recognize apostolic succession, trace theirs?

It appears Anglicans claim apostolic succession. How do they trace their apostolic succession?
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How do Lutherans who accept apostolic succession trace theirs? [duplicate]

It appears some Lutherans claim apostolic succession. How do they trace their apostolic succession?
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Is sacred music still sacred if performed by non-believers? [closed]

Whilst listening to Wednesday Morning 3AM and enjoying the Benedictus, I found myself pondering the question of whether or not this could be considered sacred music as neither the performers were ...
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Anglican Minor Orders?

Do Anglicans have the minor orders of subdeacon, acolyte, exorcist, lector, and door-keeper (porter), like in the Catholic Church (cf. Council of Trent ses. 23 ch. 2), and the major order of deacon? ...
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What would be the consequences for refusing confirmation in the Anglican Church?

What would be the consequences for a teenage child of committed Australian Anglican parents who chose to refuse confirmation? The confirmation may be refused either before the ceremony, i.e. refusing ...
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Is the unpardonable sin unpardonable? [duplicate]

I understand that in Matthew 12:31-32, Jesus says to the Pharisees, “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven ...
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39 Articles of Religion: Article XVII (17)

The article on Predestination asserts that for the non-elect having the sentence of predestination before their eyes causes them to sin more and more. So, why did the framers of this confession ...
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What process will be followed for the Anglican Covenant after its rejection by the Church of England?

The Anglican Covenant is a document long in the making; it is a proposed formal statement of how the member churches of the Anglican Communion should relate to one another. It is particularly ...
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Why do high-church people call their personalized Bible study exercises “devotionals”?

Why do high-church people call their personalized Bible study exercises "devotionals", as in the Catholic and high-church Anglican traditions?
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Why do Daily Office readings in the BCP 1928 sometimes repeat?

Can anyone explain why the Daily Office readings in the 1928 (Episcopalian) Book of Common Prayer (containing the 1943/45 revision of the lectionary) sometimes repeat on Sundays readings that were ...
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What does the The Episcopal Church mean when it says it allows everyone to participate in Holy Communion?

What does the The Episcopal Church mean when it says it allows everyone to participate in Holy Communion? What is meant by "everyone"? Is it "all Christians", "all observant Christians", or "all human ...
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What education requirements are imposed on ordination candidates in the Anglican church?

What does the Anglican church require from potential ordination candidates as far as education and background? In particular, how would they handle a candidate from a different Protestant background ...
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What is the English monarch's current relationship to the Church of England?

I was recently on a tour in London, where one of the tourists asked the guide whether the Queen is still the head of the Church of England, to which the guide replied “Yes.” However, Wikipedia claims ...
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Are sermons from The Second Book of Homilies still read in Anglican Churches?

In the 39 articles of faith, article 35 says the following: XXXV. Of the Homilies. The Second Book of Homilies, the several titles whereof we have joined under this Article, doth contain a godly ...
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Is the Gospel book censed, or the reader, or both?

I attended a service of the Episcopal Church (USA) which happened to come from a more high-church tradition than I'm used to. During the service, quite a lot of incense was deployed at various times - ...
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In the Anglican Church, how is the Archbishop appointed?

The current Archbishop of Sydney is retiering this week. What is the process involved in appointing the new Archbishop in the Anglican Church? i.e. who can nominate them, who can vote for them, what ...
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What is The Second book of Homilies mentioned in the Anglican 39 articles of faith?

In the 39 articles of faith, article 35 says the following: XXXV. Of the Homilies. The Second Book of Homilies, the several titles whereof we have joined under this Article, doth contain a ...
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How do Aquinas and Hooker differ in their doctrine on communion?

In The Screwtape Letters (1942), C. S. Lewis records the words of the devil Screwtape on church shopping and factionalism (letter 16): The real fun is working up hatred between those who say ...
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Anglo-Catholics and the Ordinariate

How many Anglo-Catholics (I.e. members of the Traditional Anglican Communion or derived churches) are there in the world today and how many have joined the Ordinariate set up by the Roman Catholic ...
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What are the arguments for and against the Anglican Covenant?

The Anglican Covenant is a proposal for governing how the member churches of the Anglican Communion should relate to one another. Paul Avis writes (Ecclesiology 7.3, 2011): The Anglican Communion ...
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Who might replace Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury? [closed]

With the recent announcement that the archbishop of Canterbury will resign, there is bound to at least be a presumed set of replacements, each with a particular vision of the future. At the most ...