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Martin Sutherland - Peace, Toleration and Decay: The Ecclesiology of Later Stuart Dissent (Studies in Evangelical History and Thought)

Peace, Toleration and Decay: The Ecclesiology of Later Stuart Dissent (Studies in Evangelical History and Thought) by Martin Sutherland

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Genre: Church Life and History
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 36207
Product Format: Book
ISBN: 9781842271520
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Publisher: Authentic Media
Cat. Code: 9781842271520
Release Date: 01 Apr 2004

Provides insights into the history and politics of Nonconformity in the later seventeenth-century.

Traditional approaches to early
Nonconformity have divided its
history at the Toleration Act of
1689. The intellectual history of
the movement has largely focused
on the ideas of Richard Baxter and
John Locke. These conventions
present a full understanding of the
disunity and decline of the movement
in the early eighteenth century.
Continuities across the period
and the gradual emergence of
themes which would feed into evangelicalism have been obscured.


The rich theological analysis of Dissent cannot be appreciated without detailed
reference to the thought of other contemporary leaders, such as John Howe
(1630-1705). His irenic ecclesiology shaped the response to toleration and
influenced key leaders in the decades following his death. Crucial shifts in
Nonconformist thinking may be traced in his writings and those of his
successors, such as Calamy, Watts and Doddridge.


This study re-examines a neglected strand of Nonconformist thought and
proposes a new understanding of later Stuart dissent. The distinct
characteristics of the movement are freshly defined and Dissent is situated in
historical continuity between Puritanism and early Evangelicalism. Peace,
Toleration and Decay provides a scholarly reinterpretation of an important group
in a crucial period of English history. The themes which emerge inform the wider
study of English ecclesiology and political theory under the Tutors and Stuarts.














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