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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.


(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


(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.


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.
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.
While an important part of the Church of England, the "Low Church" Evangelicals differed from the "High Church" Tractarians in relation to what the Church should emphasize.
Newman, and the Tractarians, who often seemed to be fleeing the "real world" to live in an incense-filled ether.
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 .
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.
Most readers will be surprised to discover that this engagement with the Bible reached beyond the evangelical and conservative orthodox communities to include Roman Catholics, Tractarians, and Quakers, as well as atheists, agnostics, and Unitarians.
Indeed, not all religious knowledge, Tractarians believed, should be imparted to every audience.
He sprang to national prominence in the Oxford Movement, an attempt to revitalise the Church of England - a movement whose members became known as Tractarians, because they printed Tracts to push their message.
Synthesized from Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Bishop Butler's Analogy of Religion, ethos meant for the Tractarians a "moral temper involving openness to God's action in the soul," and it necessitated a "humble disposition of mind and heart--opposed to the self-sufficiency of Rationalism or the righteous confidence of private judgement" (108).
James Pereiro has explored the concept of "ethos" as a foundational theological motif of the Tractarians, arguing that it expresses a theory of religious knowledge that was fundamental to their theological position.