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1. Definition

First used by John Henry Newman in 1838, the term Anglicanism refers to the theological and liturgical tradition of the Church of  England (Ecclesia Anglicana). This tradition, which goes back to the official church texts of the Reformation period and has been shaped by later historical developments, is shared by a worldwide communion of independent churches, which are summoned to a conference e…

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Null, John Ashley, “Anglicanism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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