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Print and Protestantism in Early Modern England$
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Ian Green

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208600

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208600.001.0001

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Best-Sellers and Steady Sellers III: The Inner Life of Faith, Godly Living, and Godly Dying

Best-Sellers and Steady Sellers III: The Inner Life of Faith, Godly Living, and Godly Dying

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(p.305) 6 Best-Sellers and Steady Sellers III: The Inner Life of Faith, Godly Living, and Godly Dying
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Print and Protestantism in Early Modern England
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Ian Green

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208600.003.0006

Faith was more than a matter of praying to God and participating in the sacraments, and authors and publishers produced a large number of publications to help the faithful understand and implement their beliefs. Though the distinction was in practice often blurred at the time, some authors chose to focus more on the inner, spiritual side of that faith — soul-searching, self-humiliation, and repentance — while others either described the life of faith in terms of actions and thoughts which embraced both introspection and outward actions in roughly equal proportions, or devoted more space to the importance of the daily round of outward acts of piety at home and in the community. This chapter looks these different types of treatise in turn.

Keywords:   faith, prayers, soul-searching, self-humiliation, repentance, treatise

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