Broad Church

Broad Church
Broad Church Broad" Church` (Eccl.) A portion of the Church of England, consisting of persons who claim to hold a position, in respect to doctrine and fellowship, intermediate between the High Church party and the Low Church, or evangelical, party. The term has been applied to other bodies of men holding liberal or comprehensive views of Christian doctrine and fellowship. [1913 Webster]

Side by side with these various shades of High and Low Church, another party of a different character has always existed in the Church of England. It is called by different names: Moderate, Catholic, or Broad Church, by its friends; Latitudinarian or Indifferent, by its enemies. Its distinctive character is the desire of comprehension. Its watch words are charity and toleration. --Conybeare. [1913 Webster]

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  • Broad Church — n. a liberal party of the Anglican Church in the late 19th cent. Broad Church adj. Broad Churchman n. pl. Broad Churchmen …   English World dictionary

  • broad-church — broadˈ church adjective • • • Main Entry: ↑broad * * * Broad Church «BRD CHURCH», adjective. of or having to do with a party in the Anglican Communion that seeks to avoid rigid definitions of dogma and ritual …   Useful english dictionary

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  • broad church — If an organisation is described as broad church, it is tolerant and accepting of different opinions and ideas …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Broad-Church — (brôdʹchûrchʹ) adj. Of or relating to members of the Anglican Communion in the late 19th century who favored liberalization of ritual and doctrine. * * * …   Universalium

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