英格兰坎特伯雷座堂:安立甘宗的故乡
英格兰坎特伯雷座堂:安立甘宗的故乡

安立甘公教会是世界性的基督教团体,在美国、加拿大、大不列颠、澳大利亚、非洲、印度和南美都有教堂。我们是安立甘 ,是因为我们的传统祈祷和崇拜的传统是来自英格兰的教会和她的《公祷书》。我们是大公的,因为我们相信大公教会的信仰。

The word “Catholic” is often understood in opposition to the word “Protestant.” However, this is both a recent and uniquely western perspective. In the ancient church, catholicism was understood to be the opposite of heresy, or false belief, and even today there are millions of Christians in Greece, Russia, and other parts of the world who consider themselves neither “Catholic” nor “Protestant,” but “Orthodox.”

During the sixteenth century, the Church of England sought to modify certain beliefs and practices that had developed over the centuries and appeared extraneous, unwise, or divergant from apostolic faith and practice. In doing so, the church did not abandon its catholicism; rather it engaged in a process of reform. As Bishop John Bramhall wrote in the seventeenth century, “our religion is the same it was, our Church the same it was…differing only from what they were formerly, as a garden weeded from a garden unweeded.”

Anglicanism, then, is best understood as a reformed catholic faith. Likewise, we believe that the church is in need of continual renewal and reformation. It must oppose the errors of every age in order to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).