Thursday, December 12, 2013

What is an Anglican?

Anglicans are the inheritors of the established, British Protestant faith across the globe. Anglicans trace their Christian roots back to the early Church. The basis of the faith of the Reformed Church of England is the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (the Bible) as contained and explained in the so-called Formularies, the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, the Book of Common Prayer, and the two Books of Homilies. The Anglican Communion is a worldwide family of churches with more than 70 million adherents in 38 Provinces spreading across 161 countries, of which the Protestant Episcopal Church is a part. Although these churches are autonomous, they are also uniquely unified through their history, their theology, their worship and their relationship to the British Crown through the office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.