ANGLICANS HAVE BEEN PRACTICING CHRISTIANITY LONGER THAN THEY'VE BEEN SPEAKING ENGLISH.

Christianity may have already arrived in  the British Isles by the end of the first century. A brisk tin trade connected Britannia to the Mediterranean world, allowing for a vibrant exchange of culture and ideas. Some medieval legends even go so far as to paint Joseph of Arimethea as a tin trader, who regularly made trips to England, and may have even brought Jesus to the island in his youth -- a legend rhapsodically enshrined in William Blake's immortal poem, "Jerusalem."


Officially, however, the beginnings of Christianity in England are lost in obscurity. Ps-Hippolytus identification of Aristobulus -- one of the Seventy apostles sent by Jesus -- as the first Bishop of Britain is dubious, but the Church does seem to have sufficiently well-established in England by the fourth century to have sent representatives to the Council of Nicaea (325).

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