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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