John Keble and the Oxford Movement

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The Oxford movement is a religious movement that started in 1833. It was launched by Anglican clergymen at Oxford University with the aim of renewing the Church of England by reviving certain Roman Catholic doctrines and rituals. "The prominent members of this movement were John Henry Newman, John Keble, Richard Hurrell Froude, and Charles Marriott.


These young men were educated in a university that is immersed with the ideals of the past. They had been educated under the care of a church that put premium on traditions which was considered to be the most precious part of the church's heritage. [2]
The movement also sought to express their belief that the Church of England was a direct descendant of the Christian church that was established by the original Apostles of Christ. Later on, the movement was also invariably called the Tractarian movement after its series of publications called the Tracts of the Times which ran from 1833 to 1841.[3]
The members of the movement were, in some way, can be branded as idealists. They came forward when they thought that the Church that they serve is veering away from the original teachings they were educated upon.
The Oxford members believed at that time that the ancient power and practices of the Church should be re-established. Because of their belief in the sacredness of the church based on its origin, they are convinced that the church is a divinely instituted and commissioned institution. ...
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