Edward B. Pusey

September 17th is the death day and commemoration of Edward B. Pusey, an Oxford Divine, so-called because he was a leader of the Oxford Movement in the mid-19th century.  The Oxford Movement was a renewal of historic piety and theological alignment, and the controversial rise of Anglo-Catholicism.  From that movement the Anglican tradition has popularly regained many things now taken for granted even in Low-Church settings:

  • Candles on the altar
  • Priests wearing albs and stoles and chasubles
  • Communion every Sunday
  • Interest in the spiritual writings of English and British Christians before the Reformation, and the courtesy to consider them Anglican or Proto-Anglican

Pusey is one of the most important figures of the Oxford Movement because of his longevity.  A major black mark on the movement’s reputation came in 1845 when its most famous leader, John Henry Newman, converted to Roman Catholicism.  From that day on, opponents of the Oxford Movement accused all Anglo-Catholics of trying to import unacceptable Roman theology and practice into the Protestant faith.  Such smears continue to this day.  Pusey, therefore, is one of the respectable leaders of the movement who demonstrated (and argued) that the Reformed Protestant faith of the Church of England was simultaneously Catholic, and did not need to be re-written in order to suit some foreign “agenda.”

For more on Pusey and Anglo-Catholicism, I highly recommend this article by the Rev. Wesley Walker, published on 16 March 2018 at the Conciliar Post: https://conciliarpost.com/christian-traditions/anglican/keeping-the-anglican-in-anglo-catholic/

About Fr. Brench

I'm an Anglican Priest and a sci-fi geek. Therefore, I write about liturgy & spiritual formation, theology & biblical studies, and Doctor Who. But I keep those blogs separate so I don't confuse too many people!
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