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Low Church
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The terms Low Church and High Church refer to parties within the Church of England and the Anglican communion worldwide (Anglicanism) that represent either a “low” or a “high” perspective on the Church as an institution. The term Low Church first appeared in the aftermath of England’s Glorious Revolution of 1688, when the new Whig government appointed latitudinarian bishops. These bishops emphasized reason and moderation instead of the authority of the apostolic tradition, as their predecessors had, and made efforts to bring about reconciliation with the Protestant Dissent…

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Null, John Ashley, “Low Church”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_023494>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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