The more study I do of Anglicanism the more I see that my thread title is problematic. So to narrow it down a bit and to avoid the inevitable reminder that Anglicanism is broad in its beliefs, lets just focus on Anglo-Catholics.
Chesterton wrote the following in his Heretics.
…the things that have been founded on the fancy of the Superman have died with the dieing civilizations which alone have given them birth. When Christ at a symbolic moment was establishing His great society, He chose for its corner stone neither the brilliant Paul nor the mystic John, but a shuffler, a snob, a coward - in a word, a man. And upon this rock He has built His Church. and the gates of Hell have not prevailed against it. All empires and kingdoms have failed, because of this inherent and continual weakness, that they were founded by strong men and upon strong men. But this one thing, the historic Christian Church, was founded on a weak man, and for that reason it is indestructible.
Though not named specifically, Chesterton is of course referring to Peter as the, “shuffler, snob and coward” which Christ built His Church upon. Chesterton wrote this while he still considered himself an Anglican (not converting to the Catholic Church for another 17 years) which led me to wonder, do Anglicans agree with Catholics in their interpret of Matt 16:18? Or was Chesterton wrong (in the sense of Anglican beliefs go) with his interpretation?