I agree with that.
However, he tells us that until the Great Reformation there were 4 major denominations. I will quote him.
Until the Great Reformation there were essentially four major “denominations”: Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, and Anglicanism. But after the reformation, we saw the birth of more than 26,000 denominations. Why? Because the unintended side effect of the Protestant movement was the birth of divorce within the church. In essence, when all else failed and when we just can’t agree, let’s divorce and start something new.
Did I get my facts wrong in church history? Was this idea stated in Tickle's book, which apparently I did not read closely enough?
From everything I learned through 5 graduate level classes in church history, Anglicanism is not a pre-Reformation denomination (post Luther, in fact). It does not have the history that Catholicism and the Orthodox branches have. in fact, it was birthed out of literal divorce (political expedience, not conviction).
Did Tickle's book change the history to benefit Anglicans or did people read/ hear incorrectly? Are we restating church history to fit a new paradigm? Is the official history of the Church of England the establishment of a sovereign church after the Magna Carta? I come from a Baptist background and we did serious dancing to prove that our history went past the reformation straight to Jesus. Are others doing the same?
Can someone that was there explain this to me?
Update- in case you don't read the comments
Jonathan Brink stopped by to tell me he mistakenly added Anglicans to the mix. Phew. Crisis averted. Anglicans are children of divorce, like the rest of us Protestants (I know, Anglicans fancy themselves as non-Protestants, the bridge between Catholicism and Protestantism. Yeah, whatever).