Reflections on the 400th Anniversary of the Authorized Version
By C. Peter Molloy
AT THE DAWN of the 17th century the Church of England was at odds with itself. Church leaders were fighting over the jurisdiction of bishops, appropriate liturgies for use, and the nature of communion. At the heart of it was the question: What are the matters of doctrine and discipline that all must observe, and which are matters indifferent (dare we say adiaphora?) which could be decided locally? It is not so hard for us to imagine a church riven by such acrimonious debate.