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This e-book is a examine of the Anglican Reformed culture (often inaccurately defined as Calvinist) after the recovery. Hampton units out to revise our photograph of the theological international of the later Stuart interval. Arguing that the significance of the Reformed theological culture has often been underestimated, his learn issues to a community of conforming reformed theologians which integrated a few of the so much widespread churchmen of the age. Focusing really on what those churchmen contributed in 3 hotly disputed components of doctrine (justification, the Trinity and the divine attributes), he argues that the main major debates in speculative theology after 1662 have been the results of the Anglican Reformed resistance to the growing to be impression of continental Arminianism. Hampton demonstrates the power and adaptability of the Reformed reaction to the constructing Arminian tuition, and indicates that the Reformed culture remained a plausible theological choice for Anglicans good into the eighteenth century. This learn consequently offers an important bridge linking the Reformed writes of the Elizabethan and early Stuart sessions to the Reformed Evangelicals of the eighteenth century. It additionally exhibits that, all through its formative interval, Anglicanism was once now not a monolithic culture, yet really a contested floor among the competing claims of these adhering to the Church of England's Reformed doctrinal background and the insights of these who, to various levels, have been ready to discover new theological avenues.

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Of the men we have mentioned, twelve were bishops and six were deans. Several of them held senior divinity chairs in Oxford or Cambridge, and so were in a position to inXuence the thinking of successive generations of Restoration clergy. The circle included several of the greatest scientiWc minds of the Restoration Church (in Boyle, Ward, and Wallis), one of her most celebrated preachers (in South), two of her most eminent Patristic scholars (in Pearson and Beveridge), and two of her most inXuential ecclesiastical courtiers (in Morley and Compton).

44 Anti-Arminians It might help to apply Aristotle’s analysis to a concrete object to see how it worked in practice. So, imagine a china cereal bowl. Its material cause is the clay out of which it was made. Its eYcient cause is the potter who made it. Its Wnal cause is holding milk and cornXakes. And its formal cause is its speciWc size, shape, and colour; the things which make it this speciWc bowl, and distinguish it from the other bits of crockery on the shelf. In the case of actions, rather than speciWc things, the same analysis can be applied, with a slight variation.

Gilbert Burnet was, therefore, being attacked for introducing too much latitude in the interpretation of the Thirty-Nine Articles, especially in the matter of soteriology. But the latitude he was speciWcally attempting to introduce, and to which the Lower House of Convocation evidently objected, was a breadth which could encompass an Arminian reading of the Articles. And that objection was expressed through a committee led by one of England’s foremost Reformed divines. So it is certainly plausible that sympathy for Reformed theology was a signiWcant factor in the Lower House’s hostility to Burnet’s Exposition.

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