William Perkins and the Making of a Protestant England

ISBN : 9780198785187

W. B. Patterson
288 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Feb 2018
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William Perkins and the Making of Protestant England presents a new interpretation of the theology and historical significance of William Perkins (1558-1602), a prominent Cambridge scholar and teacher during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Though often described as a Puritan, Perkins was in fact a prominent and effective apologist for the established church whose contributions to English religious thought had an immense influence on an English Protestant culture that endured well into modern times.


Preface; Introduction; 1 The Unsettled Elizabethan Settlement; 2 Apologist for the Church of England; 3 Salvation and the Thirty-Nine Articles; 4 Practical Divinity and the Role of Conscience; 5 Biblical Preaching and English Prose; 6 The Quest for Social Justice; 7 Attacked and Defended; 8 Legacy; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index

About the author: 

W. B. Patterson, Professor of History (Emeritus) at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, has written widely on British and European history and religion. His publications include King James VI and I and the Reunion of Christendom (Cambridge University Press, 1997), which won the Albert C. Outler Prize in ecumenical church history from the American Society of Church History. He is an active member of the Ecclesiastical History Society of Great Britain and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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