Defining the Jacobean Church: The Politics of Religious by Charles W. A. Prior

By Charles W. A. Prior

Presenting a brand new version for knowing non secular debates within the church buildings of britain and Scotland among 1603 and 1625, Charles earlier units apart 'narrow' analyses of clash over predestination, This book's topic is ecclesiology--the nature of the church, its rites and governance, and its dating to the early Stuart political international. Drawing on a considerable variety of polemical works, from sermons to books of a number of hundred pages, it argues that rival interpretations of scripture, pagan and civil background and the assets important to the Christian historic culture lay on the middle of disputes among proponents of contrasting ecclesiological visions.

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Davies, Caroline captivity, ch. 2. See William Haugaard, ‘Renaissance patristic scholarship and theology in sixteenth-century England’, Sixteenth Century Journal, 10 (1979), 37–60; John K. : Hooker and Cartwright on the authority of the primitive church’, Sixteenth Century Journal, 3 (1977), 45–59; and John Booty, John Jewel as an apologist for the Church of England (London, 1963). 52 The collection therefore set aside nomenclature that described an Anglican / Puritan, Calvinist / anti-Calvinist conflict, and sought to ‘penetrate the way contemporaries constructed and maintained their religious and political identities’.

P. Kenyon (Cambridge, 1986), pp. 168–71. Robert Eccleshall, Order and reason in politics: theories of absolute and limited monarchy in early modern England (Oxford, 1978), pp. 47–75. Jacobean conformist thought 27 finds elements of a language suitable for describing a spiritual institution which fell under civil authority, itself responsible for the maintenance of the integrity of the spiritual unit. 20 God, argued William Covell in 1595, sought to preserve stability in the realm, in part, by punishing the ‘sinnes [of] both the Prince and people’.

See William Laud, A sermon preached on Munday, the sixt of February, at Westminster: at the opening of the Parliament (London, 1625), sig. B2; Roger Maynwaring, Religion and alegiance: in two sermons preached before the King’s Maiestie (London, 1627), p. 3. 32 Defining the Jacobean Church of the body politic; religious disunity unsettled a kingdom. ’40 Wilkes defined the standard of political and religious obedience by public profession and membership in the established Church. 41 The Canons of 1604 established all aspects of the doctrine and discipline of the Church, and Bancroft implemented an ex officio oath to be administered among the ranks of the clergy.

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