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Lay People and Religion in the Early Eighteenth Century - W. M. Jacob

Lay People and Religion in the Early Eighteenth Century

Hardcover Published: 23rd February 2015
ISBN: 9780521570374
Number Of Pages: 272

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This book investigates the part that Anglicanism played in the lives of lay people in England and Wales between 1689 and 1750. It is concerned with what they did rather than what they believed, and explores their attitudes to clergy, religious activities, personal morality and charitable giving. Using diaries, letters, account books, newspapers and popular publications and parish and diocesan records, Dr Jacob demonstrates that Anglicanism held the allegiance of a significant proportion of all people. They took the lead in managing the affairs of the parishes, which were the major focus of communal and social life, and supported the spiritual and moral discipline of the church courts. He shows that early eighteenth-century England and Wales remained a largely traditional society and that Methodism emerged from a strong church, which was central to the lives of most people.

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' ... admirably researched ... the narrative flows smoothly, painting a picture of an age not so much of religious apathy as of comparative faith.' Bernard Palmer, Church Times 'This book is a worthy contribution to scholarship.' Epworth Review

Lay people and the clergy
Public religious practice
Personal and family piety
Lay people and morality
Lay people and philanthropy
Lay people and church buildings
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ISBN: 9780521570374
ISBN-10: 0521570379
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 23rd February 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.5