Eighteenth Century Britain: Religion and Politics 1714-1815, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Eighteenth Century Britain

Religion and Politics 1714-1815, 1st Edition

By Nigel Yates


272 pages

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Paperback: 9781405801614
pub: 2007-10-25
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The church of the eighteenth century was still reeling in the wake of the huge religious upheavals of the two previous centuries. Though this was a comparatively quiet period, this book shows that for the whole period, religion was a major factor in the lives of virtually everybody living in Britain and Ireland. Yates argues that the established churches, Anglican in England, Irelandand Wales, and Presbyterian in Scotland, were an integral part of the British constitution, an arrangement staunchly defended by churchmen and politicians alike.

The book also argues that, although there was a close relationship between church and state in this period, there was also limited recognition of other religions. This led to Britain becoming a diverse religious society much earlier than most other parts of Europe. During the same period competition between different religious groups encouraged ecclesiastical reforms throughout all the different churches in Britain.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Three Kingdoms, Two Establishments 2 Dissent from the Religious Establishments 3 The Maintenance of Doctrinal Orthodoxy 4 A Theology of Good Works 5 The Condition of the Established Churches 6 The Beginnings of Ecclesiastical Reform 7 The Threat of Revolution Conclusion Appendices Index

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Religion, Politics and Society in Britain

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century