By Charles W. A. Prior
Providing a brand new version for figuring out non secular debates within the church buildings of britain and Scotland among 1603 and 1625, Charles past units apart 'narrow' analyses of clash over predestination, This book's subject is ecclesiology--the nature of the church, its rites and governance, and its courting 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 historical past and the assets principal to the Christian old culture lay on the middle of disputes among proponents of contrasting ecclesiological visions.
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For brief discussions of Wilkes’ work, see J. P. Sommerville, Royalists and patriots: politics and ideology in England, 1603–1640 (London, 1999), pp. 39, 240; Glenn Burgess, Absolute monarchy and the Stuart constitution (Yale, 1996), pp. 102–3, at 103; Collinson, Religion of Protestants, p. 12. For a fuller examination of these controversies, see chapter 3, and Babbage, Puritanism and Richard Bancroft, pp. 43–73. 31 Many English Protestants were disappointed when the higher clergy established a set of Canons that delineated aspects of doctrine and discipline that had been the source of controversy in the late Elizabethan Church.
Holder, ‘Whitby and all that: the search for Anglican origins’, Anglican Theological Review, 85 (2003), 231–2. 20 Defining the Jacobean Church therefore, became questions of primary importance in estimating the character of Reformation historical thought. 73 Although the use of ecclesiastical history was a common element in the debate, this book does not attempt to dissect the various ways in which writers employed their sources. Rather, when they were used to attack or justify a particular position, I have noted what texts were employed in either case.
48 Far from supporting an oppositional model of politics, Jacobean conformists assumed that a stable polity was defined by something like a consensus or identity of religious interest. Individualism or the existence of issue-oriented groups did not come within their intellectual purview, nor did any notion of a separation of religious and political authority. Wilkes’ contribution to conformist thought is defined by his discussion of the links between ‘antiquity’ and ‘authority’. J. G. A. , p. 17.
Defining the Jacobean Church: The Politics of Religious Controversy, 1603-1625 by Charles W. A. Prior