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Oxford movement

the movement toward High Church principles within the Church of England, originating at Oxford University in 1833 in opposition to liberalizing, rationalizing, and evangelical tendencies and emphasizing the principles of primitive and patristic Christianity as well as the historic and catholic character of the church.
Compare Tractarianism.
Origin of Oxford movement
First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He tried to fix his mind on the condition of Agriculture and the Oxford movement.

    Queen Victoria Lytton Strachey
  • If I can get this fire to burn, the Oxford movement was justified.

    Painted Windows Harold Begbie
  • This was, however, after the opening of the Oxford movement.

    Edward Caldwell Moore Edward Moore
  • It was said that the Oxford movement furnished the rationale of the reaction.

    Edward Caldwell Moore Edward Moore
  • The Oxford movement has triumphed, and has done so largely by the self-sacrificing devotion of its adherents.

    Lord John Russell

    Stuart J. Reid
  • The bishops of to-day have grown either quite friendly towards the Oxford movement, or else discreetly tolerant.

    Lord John Russell

    Stuart J. Reid
  • The Oxford movement was wrecked, but its effect survived both in the new high church party and in the church at large.

  • The first of these was the Oxford movement; a bow that broke when it had let loose the flashing arrow that was Newman.

  • The Oxford movement was, out of the very roots of its being, a rational movement; almost a rationalist movement.

  • By the side of this grim story the much-written-about incidents of the Oxford movement seem trivial enough.

    Andrew Marvell

    Augustine Birrell
British Dictionary definitions for Oxford movement

Oxford Movement

a movement within the Church of England that began at Oxford in 1833 and was led by Pusey, Newman, and Keble. It affirmed the continuity of the Church with early Christianity and strove to restore the High-Church ideals of the 17th century. Its views were publicized in a series of tracts (Tracts for the Times) 1833–41. The teaching and practices of the Movement are maintained in the High-Church tradition within the Church of England Also called Tractarianism
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