Digest of terms
a Christian denomination which emerged in England in the 16th century being given institutional expression in the break of the then king (Henry VIII) from the authority of the Roman Church. It subsequently developed as a church with both catholic and protestant characteristics, dependent on Bible, apostolic church tradition, and the light of reason. Its ethical teachings draw on all three of these resources. Its global presence is associated with its accompaniment of the spread of the British Empire and now the Commonwealth.