The Church Quarterly Review

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The Church Quarterly Review  
Discipline Church of England, Theology
Language English
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 0269-4034

The Church Quarterly Review is an English journal published by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. It existed independently from 1875 until 1968; in that year it merged with the London Quarterly and Holborn Review, a Methodist journal and became known as The Church Quarterly, which was published until 1971.


It was first published privately in 1875, at the instigation of Richard William Church, then Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, and focused on Church of England and theology issues from a High church perspective. Its original mission statement was "to be worthily representative of the teaching and position of the Church of England,"[1] and it advertised itself as "the recognised organ of orthodox opinion for the Church of England."[2] The first issue was published in October 1875, and the first article ("Italy and her Church") was written by William Ewart Gladstone.[1]

In 1920, the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge took over the journal, and ended its longstanding policy of publishing mainly anonymous contributions[3] as well as its High church associations; in 1921, longtime editor A.C. Headlam gave up his position.[1]

In 1968, the journal merged with the London Quarterly and Holborn Review, a Methodist journal (merged from two Victorian journals). The result of this merger was The Church Quarterly, which ceased publication in 1971.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f Altholz, Josef L. (1984). "The Church Quarterly Review, 1875–1900: A Marked File and Other Sources". Victorian Periodicals Review. 17 (1–2): 52–57. JSTOR 20082103. 
  2. ^ "The Church Quarterly Review (advertisement)". The Nineteenth Century. 15: 1081. 1884. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "The English Church Quarterly". The New York Times. 14 November 1881. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "A. Headlam". Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Our Cable Letter". The New York Times. 5 October 1901. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Arnott, F.R. "Wand, John William Charles (1885 - 1977)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 5 July 2010.