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date: 12 August 2020

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The Oxford Movement began by contributing to theological discourse through a series of numbered tracts entitled Tracts for the Times, which provided the popular designation of the Movement—Tractarian. The series of Tracts for the Times was occasioned by the passage of the Church Temporalities (Ireland) Act of 1833 which, in an effort to assuage hostile Irish attitudes, dismantled aspects of the established (Anglican) Church of Ireland, including the reduction of the number of dioceses from 22 to 12. Inspired by the writings of the Fathers of the Church, and bolstered by leading Anglican divines, the Tracts began in the form of frequent, short, and pithy statements which by 1836 gave way to much longer, erudite, and less frequent publications.

Keywords: Church Temporalities (Ireland) Act, Tracts for the Times, Fathers of the Church, apostolic succession, sacraments, catena patrum

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