The following exchange is posted here with the agreement of my correspondent. It may shed some light at least on my understanding of what is sometimes called Old High Churchmen and, more generally, on the matter of continuity (and discontinuity) between classical Anglicanism and the Continuing Church. +MDH
Comment: Dear Archbishop Haverland,
I have enjoyed reading a number of your blog posts and was interested in your views on a number of questions and issues for contemporary Anglicanism. As I understand it, the ACC would fit quite closely with a Tractarian understanding of the Anglicanism represented at a more theological level by Pusey and, at a more catechetical level, by, for example, Vernon Staley’s ‘The Catholic Religion’.
Following a reading of David Nockles’ book on the Oxford Movement, one of the important points he makes in this book, it seems to me is the existence of an ‘Old High Church’ (OHC) tendency preceding the Tractarian theologians (which according to him included groups like the Non-Jurors). I have found Daniel Waterland’s work quite useful in providing a coherent and systematic exposition of the positions on soteriology and the sacraments that would appear to characterize this perspective.
In broad terms, it seems that this movement had a broadly ‘forensic’ approach to justification and a ‘spiritual communion’ view of the Lord’s Supper, but that, unlike the confessional Reformed, it rejected the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints as formulated by Westminster and Dort and emphasized Baptism as the primary instrument of ‘initial justification’. Underlying this, however there appears to be a broadly Protestant view of grace as (partially) renewing nature but not as imparting supernatural virtues in distinction from natural virtues.
I was wondering what view the ACC would have on Nockles’ historical thesis about the existence of this pre-Tractarian position and its validity (or otherwise) as a live option in contemporary Anglicanism. It seems that there is some on-going interest in it such as the blog ‘Laudable Practice’ and in the broader Anglican Communion at present.
All best wishes,
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