What Are Some Basics of Episcopalian Beliefs?


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As with many Christian traditions, the Episcopal tradition sees the Bible as the inspired word of God, and it also subscribes to many of the beliefs contained in the Nicene Creed. Some see the Episcopal tradition as being somewhere in between the beliefs and practices of other Protestants and Catholics.

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The Episcopal tradition holds that God inspired the human authors of Sacred Scripture, but it also holds that the Holy Spirit inspires Christians in interpreting those Scriptures. The Episcopal tradition is an offshoot of, and connected to, the wider Anglican community founded by King Henry VIII, and the teachings of the Book of Common Prayer greatly influences the whole Anglican tradition.

The doctrines of the Nicene Creed that many Episcopalians hold include belief in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Episcopalians are more hierarchical and sacramental than many other Protestants, but less so than Catholics. Unlike many other Protestants and like Catholics, Episcopalians celebrate a liturgy and consecrate bishops and priests, although the Roman Catholic Church does not recognize the validity of these celebrations. Unlike Catholics, but like many other Protestants, many Episcopalians have women among their clergy. Episcopalians do not have a pope.

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