Reforming the English episcopate 1600-1660

Harmes, Marcus ORCID: (2010) Reforming the English episcopate 1600-1660. In: From Augustine to Anglicanism: The Anglican Church in Australia and Beyond, 12-14 Feb 2010, Brisbane, Australia.


This paper investigates the purpose and the power of the reformed episcopate in seventeenth-century England. It takes issue with one particular interpretation of episcopacy in the Stuart period, namely the notion that the Reformation of the Tudor period created a crisis for English bishops. Scholars who propound this view, including R.B. Manning and Andrew Foster, argue that reformist impulses and principles fatally undercut both the authority and the purpose of episcopacy. Historians who pinpoint a crisis in the English episcopacy also locate at least some attempt by bishops to defend their order by recourse to jure divino theories of episcopacy, meaning that bishops underpinned their order by asserting its divine origins. This paper cuts across both ideas. It instead argues that members of the Stuart episcopate pinpointed the distinctively reformed attributes of bishops and that the episcopate staked a claim to a distinctively reformed identity, one not indebted to jure divino ideas and one which complicates modern scholarly perceptions of a reformist crisis in the episcopacy.

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Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: © Contributors 2010. Author holds copyright for own paper.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 21 May 2014 02:58
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2014 04:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: bishops; Church of England; church governance; church reform
Fields of Research (2008): 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
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170111 Psychology of Religion
Fields of Research (2020): 50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5004 Religious studies > 500401 Christian studies
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430304 British history
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520504 Psychology of religion
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies

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