Meaning of Broad Church in English:

Broad Church


  • 1A tradition or group within the Anglican Church favouring a liberal interpretation of doctrine.

    ‘In his very readable book, Tod E. Jones examines the lasting value of the Broad Church phenomenon within the Church of England in the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘He belonged to the Broad Church party in the Church of Scotland believing in the trendy theories of the Victorian period such as Higher Criticism and evolution.’
    • ‘One of these was Thomas Arnold, the famous headmaster of Rugby and intellectual leader of the liberal or Broad Church branch of the Church of England.’
    • ‘Brooks was prominent in the Broad Church Movement in the Episcopal Church.’
    • ‘The Broad Church, being posited on a more sociological appreciation of religion, was in difficulties when it appeared that less than a fifth of the English attended their parish church.’
    1. 1.1A group or doctrine which allows for and caters to a wide range of opinions and people.
      ‘this is about whether the party will be a broad church or a narrow clique’
      • ‘His Broad Church convictions were supported by the belief that a truth sought exerts a more powerful influence than a truth taught.’
      • ‘Imagine the complaints if the Broad Church approach weren't served up.’
      • ‘Maybe it doesn't have to - the OMA is a Broad Church, and there's nothing wrong with that, surely?’