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I propose making and synonyms of .

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  • Definitely! episcopal too.
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Commented Jun 22, 2014 at 23:26
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    @curiousdannii added episcopal
    – Dan
    Commented Jun 22, 2014 at 23:28
  • The American Episcopal Church and the English Anglican Church are in communion, so it makes sense that they are part of the same denomination.
    – Double U
    Commented Jun 22, 2014 at 23:28
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    @Anonymous though that may not always be the case... there are now parallel Anglican denominations that aren't in communion. See the FCA
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Commented Jun 22, 2014 at 23:32
  • @curiousdannii but few of the Lutheran denominations are in communion (if any), and we only have one lutheranism tag. I'm fine either way, but the current pattern seem to not have separate tags for every denomination, just for overarching theological traditions.
    – Dan
    Commented Jun 22, 2014 at 23:36
  • @Daи yeah I don't disagree. Both the Anglican Communion and the FCA are Anglican and both fit into Anglicanism.
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Commented Jun 22, 2014 at 23:37
  • There's a difference between episcopal and Episcopalian. The Roman Catholic Church is episcopal. Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 13:58
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    @AndrewLeach that is true, but the current tag definition for episcopal is "Protestant Episcopal Church representing the Anglican communion in the United States." That should be changed and questions properly tagged if that's the definition we're going to use.
    – Dan
    Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 14:10
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    Yes. What is currently "episcopal" should be renamed "episcopalian". Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 14:16
  • I can get behind that, but should Episcopalian then also be a synonym of Anglican or vice versa?
    – Dan
    Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 14:27
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    Given that we speak of "the Anglican communion", with the Episcopal Church as a member of that communion, I'd say Episcopalian should be the synonym and Anglican the primary term. Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 15:00
  • May be church of england belongs to older england church too, when it was in communion with Roman Church, and other orthodox churches (before 1054). Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 19:18
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    @МалъСкрылевъ That distinction isn't usually made, and if it is, then the pre-Reformation Church in England is usually called the "Church in England" precisely to distinguish from the Church of England established by statute. Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 0:27

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Anglicanism is a church tradition, just like Presbyterianism and Baptist. The Church of England and the Episcopalian church are national denominations in the Anglican tradition. In general we don't use tags for individual denominations, so I think they should be merged into .

Episcopal technically means a church with bishops, but the only question tagged with it is about the Episcopalian church, so it's more of a tag typo. As there is already a tag for we don't need to keep it.

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