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Questions tagged [church-of-england]

The official Christian church of England, and mother church of Anglicanism

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What is the purpose of praying over the water at an Church of England baptism?

The Church if England baptism liturgy in 'Common Worship' includes a 'prayer over the water'. There is a choice of two prayers, here: Prayer over the Water . Catholic Anglicans seem to readily ...
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Was there an official Church of England response to the 2002 survey of clergy beliefs?

A 2002 survey of nearly 2000 Church of England clergy uncovered some worrying statistics: a third doubted or disbelieved in the physical resurrection only half were convinced of the truth of the ...
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What is the present attitude of the Church of England towards the 39 articles and the 33 Homilies?

The Thirty Nine Articles of the Church of England, together with the Thirty Three Homilies were, at one time, accepted as the authoritative statement of doctrine and practice within the Church of ...
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Why would an Archbishop give such long notice of retirement?

BBC News reports here that the Church of England's Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, retires on 7 June 2020. The news report is dated 1 October 2018, which 15 months' notice. This seems very long, ...
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What is the Anglican teaching on Hell?

What is the official teaching on hell in the Church of England? (Anglican). Please include sources. The 39 articles of faith make no mention of hell, so what other source makes statement on the ...
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How could Queen Victoria of England marry her first cousin?

How could Queen Victoria of England marry her first cousin? Isn't it forbidden by the church to marry one's first cousin?
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Can Prince Harry marry his fiancée by the Church of England's precepts?

Prince Harry, from the British Royal family, is to marry his fiancée. The communicate was: According to several newspapers (e.g. here), A royal source said it would be “a happy church wedding” ...
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When were the “three times a year” when one was supposed to receive communion?

In E.M. Forster's novel Maurice, the character Durham remarks that he had a row with his mother and explains: Why? On account of Christmas. I didn't want to communicate. You're supposed to receive ...
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How do I interpret this list of mediaeval rectors?

This is a rewording of the question What differentiates a priest, a clerk, a capellanus, a subdeacon and a rector?. While I asked much the same questions within the body of the article there, the ...
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What differentiates a priest, a clerk, a capellanus, a subdeacon and a rector?

I have been looking at the list of rectors of Eversholt church, Bedfordshire, from the Bedfordshire Archives Service Catalogue. The various people listed there are each described as one of: (with ...
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What day and year was the first public and general confession held in the Church of England?

What day and year was the first public and general confession held in the Church of England? Was it prescribed in the Act of Supremacy of 1532?
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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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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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Can a Catholic priest take Anglican services?

I was having a discussion with someone and I said that if a Catholic priest took a Protestant service, it would not be bona fide Protestant service. They replied that Catholic priests can become ...
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Christening - what exactly does a Godparent have to promise to do / be?

I have been asked to be a godparent to my nephew. However, I'm not a Christian. In a Church of England ceremony, what exactly is asked of the godparents?
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Was the account of eating forbidden fruit a metaphor?

What is the established church's (Church of England's) view on the theology of the eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil as being a metaphor for the act of questioning God's ...
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To what degree does the Church of England consider the Genesis creation account to be metaphoric?

Does the Church of England generally consider the Genesis creation account (first couple of chapters) more metaphor than literal history?
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What is the role of the British monarch?

What role does the British monarch play as leader of the Church of England? Furthermore, how has this role changed over time?
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Why shouldn't the UK have women bishops?

Just last week in the UK, the Church of England voted on the concept of having women bishops (who would then be eligible for appointment to the House of Lords, but that's not relevant.) They voted no....
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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?