Defining the Jacobean Church : the politics of religious by Charles W. A. Prior

By Charles W. A. Prior

This booklet proposes a brand new version for realizing spiritual debates within the church buildings of britain and Scotland among 1603 and 1625. It argues that rival interpretations of scripture, pagan, and civil historical past and the resources important to the Christian culture lay on the middle of disputes among contrasting ecclesiological visions.

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4o Rawl. 277 (8). Conrad Russell, ‘Arguments for religious unity in England, 1530–1650’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 18 (1967), 201–26. With reference to the political message of Hooker’s Ecclesiasticall politie Russell argued, ‘It was easy to deduce from this position that the attempt to withdraw from the Church of England constituted an attempt to withdraw from the commonwealth’ (204). Thomas Scott, The high-waies of God and the King (London, 1623), p. 19. Pocock, ‘Within the margins’, p.

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Jacobean conformist thought 27 finds elements of a language suitable for describing a spiritual institution which fell under civil authority, itself responsible for the maintenance of the integrity of the spiritual unit. 20 God, argued William Covell in 1595, sought to preserve stability in the realm, in part, by punishing the ‘sinnes [of] both the Prince and people’. Covell portrayed both subjects and sovereigns as bound by divine law, the latter in particular owing their station to God’s favour.

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