Appeared in Vol. 5 No. 3
The following study by John R. Griffin of the Oxford Movement, a nineteenth century effort to revitalize the Church of England, is the first of five installments which will later be bound together in book form as a major contribution to scholarship in this eld. Griffin nds that the Oxford Movement was quite radical in its denunciation of the Erastian subordination of Church to state but that it was unable to sustain this attitude in the long run; he finds that the early leaders of the Movement extended their radicalism to the Church itself in an effort to identify more with the people in poverty and in loss of social status (but that this, too, was short-lived); and he finds that the Movement was generally unecumenical and largely anti-Catholic, as revealed in the response to conversions from England to Rome. All of this, as Griffin notes, runs counter to standard Anglican scholarship, so much so that despite his leadership in studies of this period the author has met considerable difficulty in publishing his work.
The study is dedicated, in Griffin’s words, to “two of my greatest professors, William E. Willer of Xavier University Ohio and R.B. McDowell of Trinity College, Dublin; and it is a faint token of my great admiration for both men and the traditions that they represent. “ He also wishes to thank the late Father Dessain, and Fr. Ford of Catholic University.
The work is divided into an introduction, chapters on John Keble, Newman, Richard Froude and Pusey, and a concluding chapter on the later years of the Movement as a whole.
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