Discipline and Comprehensiveness: the Church of England and Prayer Book Revision in the 1920s

Maiden, John G. (2007). Discipline and Comprehensiveness: the Church of England and Prayer Book Revision in the 1920s. In: Cooper, Kate and Gregory, Jeremy eds. Discipline and Diversity. Studies in Church History (43). Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, pp. 377–387.

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This chapter discusses the problem of discipline and diversity within the Church of England, exploring the proposals for Prayer Book revision in the 1920s. It suggests that there was an uneasy tension in the revision proposals, which aimed to both enlarge comprehensiveness and strengthen discipline with the Church. The paper analyses the role of ecclesiastical authority and Anglican identity, suggesting that the controversy over revision provides a longer historical perspective for current debates within the Anglican Church.

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