1983 marked the 150th anniversary of John Keble's Assize Sermon, a sermon which Newman recognized as the beginning of the Oxford Movement. The religious revival which it signalled, though originating in a particular political challenge to the Church of England, was far-reaching in its effect. The continuity and catholic identity of Anglicanism was powerfully affirmed; sacramental worship was restored to a central place in Anglican devotion; religious orders were revived; and both in the mission field and in the slums, devoted priests laboured with new vigour and a new sense of the Church. This study of some of the major themes and personalities of the Catholic revival in Anglicanism highlights some of these aspects, and in particular, points to the close relationship between theology and sacramental spirituality which was at the heart of the movement. To recognize this central characteristic of the revival can contribute much, the author believes, to the renewal of the Catholic tradition in Anglicanism today.
"A useful guide to the Oxford Movement....Rowell's excellent work is an important contribution to Anglican religious thought, history, and spirituality....Anyone who carefully reads this will learn much."--Journal of Ecumenical Studies
"Gracefully written, showing thorough familiarity with the sources and secondary work."--Church History
"A welcome addition to Anglican studies providing a reflective overview of the persons, events, and issues of Tractarianism...general readers will be grateful for such an intelligible introduction to the Oxford Movement."--Anglica Theological Review
"An ideal overview of the Oxford Movement...a useful text for English Church History as well."--Rev. John E. Morrison, III, George Mercer School of Theology