Definition of Broad Church in English:

Broad Church

Syllabification: Broad Church


  • 1A tradition or group within the Anglican Church favoring a liberal interpretation of doctrine.
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    • In his very readable book, Tod E. Jones examines the lasting value of the Broad Church phenomenon within the Church of England in the nineteenth century.
    • He belonged to the Broad Church party in the Church of Scotland believing in the trendy theories of the Victorian period such as Higher Criticism and evolution.
    • One of these was Thomas Arnold, the famous headmaster of Rugby and intellectual leader of the liberal or Broad Church branch of the Church of England.
  • 1.1A group, organization, or doctrine that allows for and caters to a wide range of opinions and people.
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    • His Broad Church convictions were supported by the belief that a truth sought exerts a more powerful influence than a truth taught.
    • Imagine the complaints if the Broad Church approach weren't served up.
    • Maybe it doesn't have to - the OMA is a Broad Church, and there's nothing wrong with that, surely?

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