Predestination, Policy and Polemic: Conflict and Consensus in the English Church from the Reformation to the Civil War

Predestination, Policy and Polemic: Conflict and Consensus in the English Church from the Reformation to the Civil War

by Peter White
     
 

This important work refutes a currently fashionable consensus that maintains that the English Civil War can be seen as primarily the result of a Laudian and Arminian assault on a previously predominant Calvinism. According to this picture, the isolation of the court from Calvinist opinions, and the aggressive Arminian policies pursued during the reign of Charles I,… See more details below

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This important work refutes a currently fashionable consensus that maintains that the English Civil War can be seen as primarily the result of a Laudian and Arminian assault on a previously predominant Calvinism. According to this picture, the isolation of the court from Calvinist opinions, and the aggressive Arminian policies pursued during the reign of Charles I, ultimately drove previously law-abiding Calvinists into counter-resistance to the king and the church hierarchy. Arguing against sharp polarities, Peter White denies the existence of any sharply-defined Calvinist consensus into which Arminianism made deep and fateful inroads. The doctrinal evolution of the English Church is thus seen as a story to which theologians of contrasting churchmanship both contributed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521394338
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1The polemics of predestination: William Prynne and Peter Heylyn1
2The theology of predestination: Beza and Arminius13
Beza's doctrine of predestination13
The theology of Arminius22
3Early English Protestantism39
Hooper and Latimer39
Continental influences: Bucer and Martyr44
The Edwardian formularies52
4The Elizabethan church settlement60
Returning exiles and doctrinal definition60
John Jewel69
Henry Bullinger74
5Elizabeth's church: the limits of consensus82
Veins of doctrine82
The changing face of Elizabethan Calvinism90
6The Cambridge controversies of the 1590s101
The Lambeth Articles101
Peter Baro110
Matthew Hutton117
7Richard Hooker124
8The early Jacobean church140
The Hampton Court Conference140
The debate on Calvin152
Remonstrants, Contra-Remonstrants and the English Church159
Falling from grace167
9The Synod of Dort175
The evolution of royal policy175
Preliminaries180
Doctrinal definition: the Five Articles183
The first head: election and reprobation184
The second head: the extent of the Atonement187
The third and fourth heads: free will and conversion192
The fifth head: perseverance195
The closing sessions199
10Policy and polemic, 1619-1623203
11A gag for the Gospel? Richard Montagu and Protestant orthodoxy215
The New Gagg215
The York House Conference224
The defence of 'orthodoxy'230
12Arminianism and the court, 1625-1629238
13Thomas Jackson256
14Neile and Laud on predestination272
15The personal rule, 1629-1640287
Licensing policy287
The regulation of doctrine299
The personal rule in retrospect307
Select bibliography313
Index327

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