In the early seventeenth century as the vehement aggression of the early reformation faded the church of england was able to draw upon scholars of remarkable ability to present a more thoughtful defence of its position the caroline divines who flourished under king charles i drew upon vast . Taking strong positions against puritanism they developed a via media approach between roman catholic and puritan extremes and set forth an anglican high doctrine of the church and episcopacy based on teachings of the early church chief among the divines are jeremy taylor 1613 1667 lancelot andrewes 1555 1626 and william laud 1573 1644. The church of england c of e is the established church of england the archbishop of canterbury is the most senior cleric although the monarch is the supreme governorthe church of england is also the mother church of the international anglican communionit traces its history to the christian church recorded as existing in the roman province of britain by the third century and to the 6th . Selected writings of the caroline divines were collected by adherents of the oxford movement and published in the extensive and never completed library of anglo catholic theology documents the duty of daily frequenting the publick service of the church by john adamson m a rector of burton coggles in lincolnshire
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