From a fascinating article by Diarmaid MacCulloch, author of the now standard biography of Thomas Cranmer:

“The Restoration Church [ie the Church of the 1662 Prayer Book]… destroyed the latitude that had made it possible for Lancelot Andrewes, Antonio del Corro, Elizabeth I, and Walter Travers more or less to coexist in the same church. Anglicanism has been asking questions about latitude ever since; but perhaps it has been hiding from some of the answers.”

Andrewes was high church catholic, del Corro a unitarian, Elizabeth more lutheran in theology than anything else, and Travers a presbyterian. And there really was room in the Elizabethan church for all of them and more besides. The idea that today’s Anglican Church, let alone today’s Episcopal Church, is a hotbed of diversity is… well, you tell me. But that’s only one of the answers from which the church has been hiding, according to MacCulloch; others will be of more interest to Anglo-Catholics than to Evangelicals—but they will need their smelling salts.

The article is called ‘The Latitude of the Church of the England’ and can be found in a collection of essays edited by Kenneth Fincham and Peter Lake, entitled Religious Politics in Post-Reformation England (Boydell Press, Woodbridge 2006).

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