This is a study of the rise of English Arminianism and the growing religious division in the Church of England during the decades before the Civil War of the 1640s. The author argues that it was Arminianism, not the rise of puritanism, that was a major cause of the war, not only because it was embraced by and imposed by an increasingly absolutist Charles I, which heightened the religious and political tensions of the period. Almost all English Protestants were members of the established church. Consequently, what was a theological dispute about rival views of the Christian faith, Arminianism promoting the role of the sacraments and the grace they conferred, Calvinism focusing on the grace of predestination, assumed wider significance as a struggle for control of that church. When Armianism triumphed, Puritan opposition to the established church was rekindled.
`one of the most distinguished and most fertile dissertations to have been produced by the doctoral belt'
London Review of Books `illuminating detail and rich suggestions'
Times Literary Supplement
The Hampton Court conference and Arminianism "avant la lettre"; Cambridge University and Arminianism; Oxford University and Arminianism; The British delegation to the synod of Dort; Bishop Neile and the Durham house group; Richard Montague, the House of Commons, and Arminianism; The York House conference; Arminianism during the personal rule and after. Appendices: from Calvinist to Arminian - the doctrinal tenor of the Paul's Cross sermons 1570-1638; the Arminianism of Archbishop Laud.
Series: Oxford Historical Monographs
Number Of Pages: 326
Published: 4th October 1990
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.9
Weight (kg): 0.44