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  • It really depends on what you are trying to find out about. There are, and have been, those in the Anglican church who have sought to conform their beliefs and practices to those of the Bible. The assumption that the Anglican church and its adherents represent the teachings of the Bible, however, would in many ways be very inaccurate. So it depends on what, specifically, you are referring to and asking about, really, when the terms 'Anglican', 'Protestant', etc. are used. (In Jeremy Paxman's Book: 'The English', he refers to an interview he did with the Anglican Bishop of Oxford, and he asked the bishop what specifically do you have to believe to be an Anglican; Jeremy Paxman says that the bishop had difficulty with the question, since it seemed that he had never considered it before.) So you would really need to be specific. You ask good and important questions.
    Seeker: You are most welcome; just to bear in mind that the term 'Protestant', which you used, can have vastly different meanings; on the one hand, the apologist Chillingworth gave a very precise meaning; 'The Bible and the Bible alone is the religion of Protestants'; on the other hand, it is sometimes applied indiscriminately to people who may have ritualistic practices similar to those of Roman Catholic church but who do not happen to be connected institutionally to it.
    Hi, Seeker; I found I couldn't post on the thread on which you asked a question. Regarding 'saints', Paul in the New Testament actually addresses all believers as those who are 'sanctified', which means, set apart for God; the idea being that, if a person has been cleansed from his or her sins through the work of Christ at the Cross, then God keeps them in a sanctified, set apart state in His service. So, strictly speaking, when looked at from the Biblical perspective, this would be the Protestant view; although some, more nominally Protestant churches would refer to a supposed, special class of dead people in this way. In 1 Timothy 2.5, Paul writes that 'there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus'. Thus, for people to invoke the supposed Mediation of some class of dead people, doesn't square with what the New Testament actually teaches. I hope this goes some way towards answering your good question about 'saints'.
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