The Catholic Movement in the American Episcopal Church

By George E. DeMille

Preface by Charles R. Henery

The Catholic Movement in the American Episcopal Church

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  • ISBN: 9781556351525
  • Pages: 232
  • Publication Date: 2/10/2005
  • Retail Price: $27.00
Web Price: $21.60
Web Price: $21.60

The Catholic Movement in the American Episcopal Church

By George E. DeMille

Preface by Charles R. Henery

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781556351525
  • Pages: 232
  • Publication Date: 2/10/2005
  • Retail Price: $27.00
Web Price: $21.60

About-

A word about the origin of this book may be of some interest to its readers. In 1932, I was a layman of the Church, with a long-standing interest in Church history. As the centenary of the Oxford Movement approached, I noted that while the history of the movement in England had been told and retold, there was no corresponding account of the American developments of Tractarianism. With more courage than discretion, I set out to supply this want . . . .
By 1941, I was ready for publication. But to find a publisher for a work of this sort, with its tenuous prospects of sale, was not easy. Eventually, the Church Historical Society ventured. The result was a pleasant suprise for both author and publisher. The book . . . was well recieved and widely reviewed. Above all, it sold. And still more suprising, the sale has continued steadily, until the first edition is exhausted.
Meanwhiloe, many things have happened. I have continued to explore the field, with considerable results . . . Because of all these developments, and because there still seems to be a demand for the work, author and publisher again make their bow to a long-suffering public.

--From the Author's Preface to the Second Edition

Endorsements & Reviews-

"A more fair-minded and judicious history of this very controversial question could not be written. The author recognizes that parties exist in his Church, and have existed since its organization in early days of the republic..... Mr. DeMille, himself a high church man, one infers, ascribes high value to the influence of the 'evangelical' element, but judges that the revival of the Church from its low estate after the Revolution and its development in numbers and morale are chiefly due to the 'Catholic' element. He gives lively -- and by no means hagiographic -- pictures of such leaders as Seabury, Hobart, Doane, Whittingham, and John Henry Hopkins. Taking the whole record into account -- the growth of ritualism, the stress upon the 'Catholic' concept, the rise of Episcopal monastic institutions, and all the rest -- it does not appear to the author, or to this reviewer, that the 'Catholic movement' is a Romeward movement or likely to become one."

--The Christian Century

Contributors-

George E. DeMille
Charles R. Henery

Bio(s)-

George E. DeMille, Rector of the Church of the Cross, Ticonderoga, New York, and Historiographer of the Diocese of Albany, was born in Green Island, New York. He graduated from Syracuse University and recieved his master's degree from Columbia University. After several years as an educator, he was called to the ministry and studied theology in the General Theological Seminary, New York City. In 1936 he was ordained deacon; in 1937, priest. Both ordinations were at the hands of the recently retired Bishop of Albany, Dr. G. Ashton Oldham. He is the author of two other books, 'Literary Criticism in America; A Preliminary Survey' and 'A History of the Diocese of Albany, 1704-1923'.

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