Episcopal identity and authority in Restoration England

Harmes, Marcus (2012) Episcopal identity and authority in Restoration England. Reformed Theological Review, 71 (1). pp. 45-69. ISSN 0034-3072

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Abstract

This article argues that Restoration bishops gradually but clearly re-oriented their reputation and theological understandings of the exercise of their authority, in order to claim an identity as the defenders of Protestantism against popish threats. Writers who were sympathetic to episcopacy asserted that reformed episcopal identity could be found in the episcopate's role as the protector of Protestantism during a time of Catholic patronage at the royal court. Works including Gilbert Burnet’s Apology, John Tillotson’s Vindication and Edward Stillingfleet’s Mischief of Separation and the Unreasonableness of Separation, argued that bishops functioned as defenders of reformed religion. These writers interpreted the dissent of English bishops from the Bishop of Rome in the sixteenth century as revealing the legitimacy of some forms of dissent over others and sought to distinguish dissent from papacy and dissent from reformed episcopal power.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version, due to publisher's copyright policy.
Depositing User: Dr Marcus Harmes
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2012 04:00
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: Restoration England; Episcopacy; Sheldon, Gilbert; Stillingfleet, Edward; Tillotson, John; Protestantism; Church of England
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210305 British History
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21297

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