The Established Church: Past, Present and Future (Affirming by Mark Chapman, Judith Maltby, William Whyte

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By Mark Chapman, Judith Maltby, William Whyte

A clean examine the difficulty of multinational of the Church of britain in an ecumenical, multi-cultural and secular context.

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But like the dog that didn’t bark in the Conan Doyle story, the non-occurrence of disestablishment is itself a ‘curious incident’. It seems particularly curious when seen in a comparative perspective. 8 So why did the same thing not happen in England? This chapter will explore why there was so little enthusiasm for disestablishment, both during the crisis of 1927–8, and also over the following eighty years. What happened in 1927–8 cast a long shadow, leaving what Gavin White has called ‘unfinished business’ that was not 5 6 7 8 Henson, Bishoprick Papers (London: Oxford University Press, 1946), p.

8 In view of this, I would argue that the function of a national Church – even one that is tied into an evolving monarchy – might still represent a viable form of Church–State relationship in a modern state. The idea of (Christian) establishment as an essential organic and living part of national identity that still has a valuable role to play in local, regional, national and international life has plenty of life left in it. Whilst pluralism, subsidiarity, devolution and other changes to the demographic, social and political culture of the nation do question the place of an established Church, the presence of an established religion within a reticulate and complex ecology of establishment ensures that questions of value, ethics and justice can be 8 On Coleridge, see Nicholls, Church and State, pp.

N. ), Continuity and Change in Christian Worship (Studies in Church History, 35) (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1999) pp. 447–463; G. I. T. Machin, ‘Parliament, the Church of England and the Prayer Book Crisis, 1927–28,’ in J. P. Parry and Stephen Taylor (eds), Parliament and the Church, 1529–1960 (Parliamentary History, vol. 19) (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press for the Parliamentary History Yearbook Trust, 2000), pp. 131–147; Matthew Grimley, Citizenship, Community and the Church of England: Liberal Anglican Theories of the State between the Wars (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004), ch.

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