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William Conybeare, Church Parties

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages136
EditionE Book
ISBN (Electronic)ASIN: B007C756UI
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2012

Bibliographical note

Edition of 1855 text drawing on 1999 edition of several versions of the text

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Conybeare’s renowned essay aims to set out a comprehensive account of the various parties which were to be found within the Church of England in the mid-nineteenth century, tackling this theme by employing first a qualitative and then a quantitative approach to his subject. The first and by far the longest part describes the characteristic theology, ministry, manners, achievements and shortcomings of the different divisions Conybeare identifies. He then proceeds to experiment with various means of calculating the number of clerical adherents attached to the various parties, before offering a tabular account of their relative strengths. The work concludes with a short reflection on the implications of his findings for the future of the Church of England.

In the version of the essay reproduced here, first published in 1855, Conybeare also provides both a preface and a postscript in which he responds to critics of his work and explains some of the changes he had introduced since the first publication in the "Edinburgh Review" (1853).

Edited by Dr. Arthur Burns, professor of Modern British History at King’s College London, this edition contains a biographical note, summary, introduction, bibliography and hyperlinked explanatory notes.

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