Bisschop's Bench Contours of Arminian Conformity in the Church of England, c.1674—1742

9780197637135

Bisschop's Bench Contours of Arminian Conformity in the Church of England, c.1674—1742

  • ISBN 13:

    9780197637135

  • ISBN 10:

    0197637132

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 11/04/2022
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

The relationship between English conformity and the Arminian tradition has long defied neat explanation. In Bisschop's Bench, Samuel D. Fornecker charts the incompatible theological agendas into which post-Restoration Arminian conformity proliferated and challenges the thesis that a monolithic Arminianism marched steadily from the post-Restoration period into the early Hanoverian.

Fornecker examines the theological life of the English Church by paying particular attention to the Arminian conformists who accentuated Reformed divinity in an unprecedented display of disambiguation from the Dutch Arminian tradition and those who exercised authority from the Bishops' bench. By demonstrating the scope of intra-Arminian divergence and the negatively defined consensus that united traditionalist clergy otherwise at odds over grace and predestination, Bisschop's Bench provides an illuminating perspective on the Arminian tradition in the political, confessional, and educative contexts of late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century England.

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