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The American branches of the Episcopal Church saw their beginnings in the Sixteenth Century Reformation Many changes came about during that time bringing renewed ideas to the way people practiced religion The influence and ideas of the Reformation can still be seen in the beliefs and teachings of the modern day Episcopal Church In order to understand this point the following information will focus on the historical beginnings and modern day teachings of the Episcopal Church I will also discuss a personal visit to St Richards Episcopal Church as well as my conversation with one of their Reverends The Episcopal Church is the American concept of the Anglican Community also known as the Church of England Arndt 37 The Anglican Church saw its beginnings during the Sixteenth Century Reformation During this time several key figures such as Martin Luther John Calvin and Zwingli believed that changes to the Catholic Church were necessary for several reasons including correcting moral corruption taking power away from the Pope and bringing about changes to the sociological structure of society Through changes brought about by these men as well as others we saw the birth of several Protestant religions The reasons behind the Anglican Church being formed were based not so much on religion or Christian values as personal and political motives held by Henry VIII According to The Age of the Reformation The actual beginnings of the Anglican Church took place under the rule of King Henry VIII over a request for a separation from his then wife Katherine 54 Katherine had been unable to produce a son for Henry and having a son was very important to continue the rule of the throne Henry requested an annulment based on the fact that Katherine had previously been married to his brother Pope Clement VII was in no hurry to grant such a request for Henry Because of this the King then took it upon himself to leave the
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