English evangelicals, protestant national identity, and Anglican Prayer Book revision, 1927–1928

Maiden, John G. (2010). English evangelicals, protestant national identity, and Anglican Prayer Book revision, 1927–1928. Journal of Religious History, 34(4) pp. 430–445.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9809.2010.00905.x

Abstract

This paper examines English Anglican and Free Church evangelical reactions to the Church of England's Prayer Book revision proposals in 1927–1928, arguing that their responses reveal the resilience of Protestant national identity and anti-Catholicism within English evangelicalism during this period. The concept of a Protestant nation, reformed heritage and Protestant constitution remained integral to the English evangelical identity. The robust “no-popery” response of evangelicals in 1927–1928 points to the durability of the Protestant national narrative in English culture and society beyond the nineteenth century and suggests that the liberal Anglican vision of a broadly Christian national identity had a significant ideological rival in the interwar period.

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