In the 19th century, when the Anglicans were more concerned with efforts to reunite various denominations of Christianity rather than with ripping its own self to shreds over issues about who marries whom, and who sleeps with whom; they came up with a handy little document called "The Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral."
"The Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral, frequently referred to as the Lambeth Quadrilateral or the Lambeth-Chicago Quadrilateral, is a four-point articulation of Anglican identity, often cited as encapsulating the fundamentals of the Communion's doctrine and as a reference-point for ecumenical discussion with other Christian denominations. The four points are:
The Holy Scriptures, as containing all things necessary to salvation;
The Creeds (specifically, the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds), as the sufficient statement of Christian faith;
The Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion;
The historic episcopate, locally adapted.
The Quadrilateral had its genesis in an 1870 essay by an American Episcopal priest, William Reed Huntington. Huntington's purpose in proposing these four elements was to establish 'a basis on which approach may be by God's blessing, made toward Home Reunion,' that is, with the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches." - Wikipedia
The question for discussion is this: are there any essential or basic tenets which may have also been reduced to a brief list like this by which you would recognize your tradition? With all the debate here about what is Pagan and what is Wiccan and who is in and who is out, it has given me pause to wonder how one would know. What say you?