How the Nineteenth Century Anglo-Catholic Bishop of Tasmania Rid His Diocese of Evangelicals

David Virtue david at
Fri Dec 5 13:14:21 EST 2014

How the Nineteenth Century Anglo-Catholic Bishop of Tasmania Rid His
Diocese of Evangelicals

By Robin Jordan
December 1, 2014

Fourth year Bachelor of Divinity students at Moore Theological College
are given the opportunity to research and write a 6000-word essay in
Church History on some aspect of Evangelicalism in Australia or Britain
after 1600. Encouraged by the excellent quality of some of these essays
Moore's Church History Department sought a way to share the fruits of
these students' research and writing with a broader audience. This
resulted in the launching of a new journal Integrity.

Among these essays is Sam Gough's "An Analysis of the Reasons for the
Opposition in Tasmania in the 1850s of the Rev Dr Henry Fry and other
Evangelical Anglican Clergy to their Bishop, Dr Francis Nixon." In his
essay Gough examines how Anglo-Catholic Bishop Francis Nixon implemented
an exclusionary policy against Evangelicals in the Diocese of Tasmania
in the mid-nineteenth century. This was a story that was repeated
elsewhere in what would become the Anglican Communion.

In the United Kingdom it would lead to the formation of the Free Church
of England; in South Africa, the Church of England in South Africa; and
in the United States and Canada, to the Reformed Episcopal Church.

To become the dominant church party in the Episcopal Church and the
Anglican Church of Canada in the twentieth century liberals would borrow
extensively from the play book of the nineteenth century Anglo-Catholic

Those who dismiss the likelihood of the Anglo-Catholic - philo-Orthodox
element in the Anglican Church in North America further carrying out
their policy of not making room in that denomination for Anglicans who
subscribe to the Anglican confessional formularies and the Biblical and
Reformed teaching on which they are based and are committed to a
Protestant, Reformed, and evangelical vision of the Anglican Church in
particular need to read Gough's essay here:

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