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broad church is a term applied from the late 1840s to Anglicans who were neither evangelicals nor tractarians, and became common currency after W. J. Conybeare's Edinburgh Review article on ‘Church Parties’ (1853). It embraced prominent churchmen who, influenced by Thomas Arnold and Coleridge, worked to restate catholic doctrines and reposition the national church, unafraid of contemporary scholarship. With F. D. Maurice (1805–72) as their representative divine, F. W. Robertson of Brighton (1816–53) their preacher, Jowett of Balliol (1817–93) their academic, and Dean Stanley of Westminster (1815–81) their ecclesiastic, they were influential, even dominant, in their church by 1900 and attractive to many nonconformists, especially congregationalists.

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Broad Church: see England, Church of.

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