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Catholic and Reformed : The Roman and Protestant Churches in English Protestant Thought, 1600-1640 - Anthony Milton

Catholic and Reformed

The Roman and Protestant Churches in English Protestant Thought, 1600-1640

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Published: 26th May 1995
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Religious controversy was central to political conflict in the years before the English Civil War. Where earlier historians have focused more narrowly on the doctrine of predestination, Dr Milton analyses the broader attitudes which underlay notions of religious orthodoxy. Through the first comprehensive analysis of how contemporaries viewed the Roman and foreign Reformed churches in the early Stuart period, Milton demonstrates the way in which an author's choice of a particular style of religious discourse could be used either to mediate or to provoke religious conflict. This study challenges many current historical orthodoxies. It identifies the theological novelty of Laudianism, but also exposes areas of ideological tension within the Jacobean Church. Its wide-ranging conclusions will be of vital concern to students of early Stuart religion and the origins of the English Civil War.

'... an enormously subtle and sophisticated book which represents a major advance in our understanding of the early Stuart Church ... a profound and important achievement: the religious landscape of early seventeenth-century England will never look the same again.' History Today

Introduction: English Protestantism at the dawn of the seventeenth century
The Church of Rome
'This Immortal Fewde': anti-popery, 'negative popery' and the changing climate of religious controversy
The rejection of Antichrist
Rome as a true church
The errors of the Church of Rome
Unity and diversity in the Roman communion: inconsistency or opportunity?
Visibility, succession and the Church before Luther
Separation and reunion
The Reformed Churches
Doctrinal links: a harmony of confessions?
'The best reformed church': church government and politics
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521401418
ISBN-10: 0521401410
Series: Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 620
Published: 26th May 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 1.08