Anglicanism, also often referred to as the Anglican Communion, came into being as a result of the English Reformation, part of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century in Europe. This entry briefly traces the history of Anglicanism from its origins to the present day and discusses its relationship to religious doctrines concerning war and peace and how it has interpreted those ideas, particularly in the turbulent 19th and 20th centuries. The entry concludes with a look at present-day Anglicanism’s engagement with activism for peace and justice.


The familiar story of England’s King Henry VIII, wanting an annulment of his marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, so that he could marry Anne Boleyn and produce an heir, ends with Henry breaking from Rome and ...

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