Thursday, September 20, 2007

Sadly, they don't make them like that any more

The campus of my university is named after Francis Close, a 19th century Anglican clergyman. This vicar practically dominated the town of Cheltenham. He attended every important meeting that was held and had the ear of every dignitary in the town. His word wielded great influence. Francis Close once delightfully said:

In my humble opinion, the Bible is conservative, the Prayer Book is conservative, the liturgy is conservative, the Church is conservative, and it is impossible for a minister to open his mouth without being conservative.

2 comments:

GOODNIGHTSAFEHOME said...

Hi Matthew,

Did he saything about the 39 Articles? (Not that I elevate them over the Bible, but they ought to carry more weight than the Prayer Book.)

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Goodnight, it is perhaps surprising that he did not mention the 39 Articles in this quote. As they are often contained in the same volume as the Prayer Book, perhaps he included them in that. Francis Close certainly upheld those articles with great passion.

I appreciate that the 39 Articles are more Reformed in character than the Book of Common Prayer, but conservative Anglicans would attach the same importance to both. The prayer book is part of the fundamental character of Anglicanism.

I suppose this is a similarity with Eastern Orthodoxy, that the Church of England finds a good deal of its identity in its worship.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew