Blog not in vain! A recent website has been launched by a friendly circle of English Use/BCP churchmen (both from the Continuum and Communion proper). The site, Thames River Beach Party (TRBP), aims to add an extra voice to the choir for the preservation and articulation of classical Anglicanism. For those contemplating a swim across a foreign river, either the Tiber or Bosporus, TRBP asks you first try a dip in the Thames. Brrr! The TRBP’s tentative preamble says:
“We want our readers to learn about the Anglican tradition; the history, the devotion , the beauty of liturgy and worship found in the prayer book(s), the wisdom of the Anglican Divines and other great thinkers of the English church and her offspring.
Our hope is that a return to tradition will bring an Anglican revival, that will lead to an Anglican reconciliation, which will bring about the restoration of the Christian faith as the main societal element of the English speaking people (Anglosphere).”
Anglican Rose has eagerly joined the said venture. We are also asking a priest and bishop to join the endeavor, advising and mentoring us. Rather than adopt a confession of belief, we decided to forward a ‘sensibility’, quoting the very divines who’ve stood on this same Beach long before us. May the following words prosper you!
“We and our people — thanks be to God — follow no novel and strange religion, but that very religion which is ordained by Christ, sanctioned by the primitive and Catholic Church and approved by the consistent mind and voice of the most early Fathers.”
— Queen Elizabeth I
“I believe there is no liturgy in the world, either in ancient or modern language, which breathes more of a solid scriptural rational piety than the Common Prayer of the Church of England. And though the main of it was compiled considerably more than two hundred years ago, yet is the language of it not only pure, but strong and elegant in the highest degree.”
— John Wesley
“The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine.”
— The Elizabethan Canons
“As for my religion, I dye in the holy catholic and apostolic faith professed by the whole Church before the disunion of East and West, more particularly in the communion of the Church of England, as it stands distinguished from all Papal and Puritan innovations, and as it adheres to the doctrine of the Cross.”
— Thomas Ken
“One Canon of Scripture which we refer to God, two Testaments, three Creeds, the first four Councils, five centuries and the succession of the Fathers in these centuries, three centuries before Constantine, two centuries after Constantine, draw the rule of our religion.”
— Lancelot Andrewes
“We do not suffer any man ‘to reject’ the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England ‘at his pleasure’; yet neither do we look upon them as essentials of saving faith or ‘legacies of Christ and of His Apostles’; but in a mean, as pious opinions fitted for the preservation of Unity. Neither do we oblige any man to believe them, but only not to contradict them.”
— John Bramhall
We will see where this riparian study takes us? For now it is an open discussion. Welcome all, and pray some fireworks fly!