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.
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How to use Oxford movement in a sentence
The Oxford movement was wrecked, but its effect survived both in the new high church party and in the church at large.
By the side of this grim story the much-written-about incidents of the Oxford movement seem trivial enough.Andrew Marvell | Augustine Birrell
The Oxford movement, properly so called, began in the year 1833, but it had no direct effect upon me.The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3) | John Morley
But there was another reason still, and a more elementary one, which severed Mr. Rose from the Oxford movement.Apologia Pro Vita Sua | John Henry Cardinal Newman
Yet hardly was this act of justice done when the great reaction known as the Oxford movement began.The Age of Tennyson | Hugh Walker
British Dictionary definitions for 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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