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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj.
  • adj. See High Church, under High.


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  • I write this paper for the sake of the Dissenters, whom I take to be the most spreading branch of the Whig party, that professeth Christianity, and the only one that seems to be zealous for any particular system of it; the bulk of those we call the Low Church, being generally indifferent, and undetermined in that point; and the other subdivisions having not yet taken either the Old or New Testament into their scheme.

    The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D. — Volume 09 Contributions to The Tatler, The Examiner, The Spectator, and The Intelligencer

  • He wanted to avoid the taint of merely being 'High Church'; he preferred 'Low Church' Catholicism.

    Archive 2008-05-04

  • But at present a new element had begun to mix with the ordinary influences which governed her estimates of things: she had, as I knew from my sister's report, become religious; and her new opinions were of a gloomy cast, Calvinistic, in fact, and tending to what is _now_ technically known in England as "Low Church," or "Evangelical Christianity."

    Autobiographical Sketches

  • "He would have said, in the words of somebody else, it's not High Church and Low Church that matter, it's deep Church."

    Bishop of the Poor: Edward King reinvented the role of diocesan bishop

  • He suggested that, for many Low Church voters in Lancashire, ‘this was just the type of question which might prevent those who are wavering politically at present from definitely identifying with our party’.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • This theme is also reflected in Norris '1705 The Distinction between High Church and Low Church, distinctly considered and fairly treated.

    Motherly Advice

  • Then, the Protestant Church divides between the High and Low Church.

    Which of These Progressive Positions Are Extreme Left?

  • The High Church tends to have liberal leanings politically: the Low Church tends to have conservative leanings politically.

    Which of These Progressive Positions Are Extreme Left?

  • There's quite a bit to be said about both form and content here, as well as implicit dialogues between High and Low Church visions of historical process.

    Concentrate! Concentrate!

  • If you're a budding Victorianist with an interest in religion, say, it helps to know that you will not be finding Low Church evangelicals publishing under Charles Dolman's imprint, nor Roman Catholics under John F. Shaw's.



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