Friday, September 29, 2006

For the record

I'm not in favor of the new practice among historians of calling English Puritans "the godly Anglicans."

9 comments:

The young fogey said...

Oh, dear. That's new to me. I think we agree on this one. Technically the non-Separatists were Anglicans but in name only; doctrinally they weren't!

Happy Michaelmas.

Mark J. said...

Please tell me you're kidding!

Beth said...

Nope, not kidding - at least, I don't think my Anglican Worship professor was kidding. That's where I heard it. Of course, he's Lutheran, and may get a kick out of the idea that the rest of us were ungodly Anglicans. Naturally, I don't.

Tripp Hudgins said...

LOL!

I love it. I mean *ahem* dastardly! What historical hogwash!

Okay, c'mon people...you have to have a sense of humor about England during the Age of Reform. As a nation of Christians, the UK had its collective arse up its bum. How do I know this? Look at the 13 colonies and all the immigrations. Nutty! Every last one of us stems from some nutty Anglican experiment or segregation...It is to laugh.

Happy Michaelmas!

Where is the chocolate? There's chocolate at Michaelmas, no?

The young fogey said...

There's a tradition of eating goose but today's Friday.

Questing Parson said...

What's the problem? Were the not godly or not anglican?

Beth said...

My problem is actually neither of those. Rather, it's that calling them "the godly Anglicans" too easily sets up a dichotomy which makes actual Anglicans ungodly by comparison.

Mark J. said...

Okay, someone had to ask: Why no goose on Friday?

The young fogey said...

Friday abstinence from meat, Father. I could be wrong but don't think it's dispensed with for Michaelmas according to the traditional Roman rules (it isn't in the BCP, old or new).