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The religious opinions and principles of the founders of the Oxford Movement, put forth in a series of 90 pamphlets entitled Tracts for the Times, published at Oxford, England (1833-1841).

Trac·tar′i·an adj. & n.
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(Anglicanism) another name for the Oxford Movement
[after the series of tracts, Tracts for the Times, published between 1833 and 1841, in which the principles of the movement were presented]
Tracˈtarian n, adj
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(trækˈtɛər i əˌnɪz əm)

the High Church doctrine of the Oxford movement as given in a series of 90 tracts published in Oxford, England, 1833-41.
Trac•tar′i•an, adj., n.
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the religious opinions and principles of the Oxford movement within Anglicanism, especially in its Tractsfor the Times, a series of ninety treatises published between 1833 and 1841. Also called Puseyism. — Tractarian, n., adj.
See also: Protestantism
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Noun1.Tractarianism - principles of the founders of the Oxford movement as expounded in pamphlets called `Tracts for the Times'
Christian religion, Christianity - a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior
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He himself knew that, in reality, the confused beliefs which she held, apparently imbibed in childhood, were, if anything, Tractarian as to phraseology, and Pantheistic as to essence.
This movement of religious change was met in its early stages by the very interesting reactionary 'Oxford' or 'Tractarian' Movement, which asserted the supreme authority of the Church and its traditional doctrines.
In this she was heavily influenced by the Tractarians, with their doctrine of reserve, according to which divine truth was encoded in the visible world to be deciphered only by the faithful.
liturgical calendar (which the Tractarians promoted and revived within
The first point to note is that Newman and his fellow Tractarians received from the romantic movement the conception of art as the expression of personal sentiment.
These preliminaries furnish the fodder for the third part's discussion of "the conflicts which raged in the University of Oxford in the 1830s and 1840s, with Oriel College as the epicenter." Arrayed on one side were "liberal Noetics," who "aspired to invigorate English Christianity through toleration, pluralism and reason." On the opposite side were conservative "Tractarians" who "fought to return the Church of England to the traditions, the conceptions of faith, the practices of discipline and the lines of authority of its apostolic foundation." Oriel College was then the scene of both commonality and controversy: "Both sides believed that modern men were astray in a spiritually barren wilderness.
Coleridge's theological views led him by the culmination of his career to a traditionally Tory politics as well, serving as a "bridge figure between the old-fashioned High Churchmen and the Tractarians ...
Then, in the early 1830s, the Tractarians' reaction to the Church's slide away from orthodoxy led them to reserve definitive public statements on the atonement because an understanding of the mysteries of faith required, they argued, incorporation into the Church, participation in its liturgy and rituals, and appreciation for the nuanced balance of Scripture and church doctrine.
In addition, "Tractarians were challenging a more orthodox Anglicanism with Anglo-Catholicism" (142).
When Rossetti's enthusiasm for the Tractarians is considered alongside some of her more reactionary political stances--most notoriously, her decision to appear as a signatory to "An Appeal Against Female Suffrage" in 1889 (Hassett, p.
She covers riot, revolution, and reform in the colleges 1714-89; the new examination statute of 1800; the emergence of a junior reform program 1870-23; noetics, tractarians, and the peak of junior influence, 1824-36; and the tracterian threat and the royal commission of 1850.