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A Short History of the Oxford Movement


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H4 The Oxford Movement
Church. But “ the resistance to the judgment
was largely in the hands of men who, for
various reasons, were anxious rather to hurry
on than to avert a crisis.”1 As a result
Archdeacon Manning, Archdeacon R. I.
Wilberforce, James Hope (later Hope-Scott),
T. W. Allies, W. Maskell, J. H. Pollen,
and many others, priests and lay people, left
the English Church. A panic set in. It was
a cruel blow to the Revival, but at the same
time a proof of its inherent truth and strength,
for no merely human movement could have
stood the shock of 1851, following so hard
upon that of 1845.
The faith of Dr. Pusey and Mr. Keble,
Charles Marriott, James Mozley, and Richard
William Church, did not stand or fall by
the judgments of the Privy Council. They
remained true, unwavering, loyal to the English
Church. Some of the converts to Rome felt
the separation keenly. Archdeacon R. I.
Wilberforce, in a preface to a book he published
just before his secession, expressed those feel-
ings pathetically when he wrote of the hardness
of leaving the “ fair parsonage where every-
thing within and without speaks of comfort and
peace, where sympathizing neighbours present
an object to the affections, and the bell from
an adjoining ancient tower invites the inmates,
1 Lathbury, op. citp. 47.

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