Originally published in 1988, this was the first full and scholarly account of the formal Elizabethan and Jacobean debates between Presbyterians and conformists concerning the government of the church. This book shed new light on the crucial disagreements between puritans and conformists and the importance of these divisions for political processes within both the church and wider society. The originality and complexity of Richard Hooker’s thought is discussed and the extent to which Hooker redefined the essence of English Protestantism. The book will be of interest to historians of the late 16th and 17th Centuries and to those interested in church history and the development of Protestantism.
Table of Contents
1. What Was the Admonition Controversy About? 2. Presbyterian Tactics 3. Conformist Thought After Whitgift 4. Richard Hooker
Peter Lake is University Distinguished Professor of History, Professor of the History of Christianity, Divinity School; Martha Rivers Ingram Chair of History at Vanderbilt University, USA.