Is there a historical Anglican identity?

From Rowan Williams’ Anglican Identities:

But perhaps there is a distinctive constellation in Anglican history: the Reformed Church of England emerges in revolt against a medieval map of the world in which the Church was in danger of becoming a political entity alongside others; it develops in tandem with a fantastically inventive period in the use of the English language, producing both a profusion of metaphor and a quick, critical sense of the possibilities and dangers of rhetoric; it discovers both a language for Scripture and a Scripture that shapes secular language, so that its biblical fidelity is deeply bound up with a feel for the riches and the traps of speech. The result is a mixture of poetry, reticence, humility before mystery, local loyalties and painful self-scrutinies. It is not a formula for being Anglican; simply a description of how and where some kind of recognizable historical identity came to exist (p. 7).


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