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David George Mullan

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269977

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198269978.001.0001

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A Puritan Brotherhood

A Puritan Brotherhood

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(p.13) 1 A Puritan Brotherhood
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Scottish Puritanism, 1590-1638
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David George Mullan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198269978.003.0002

Though Puritanism was a piety intended very much for the laity, the clergy remained central to the practice and thinking of the movement. Scottish Presbyterians, in particular, formed a tightly knit community that studied together, worked together, prayed together, married into godly families including each others’, and engaged in a monumental struggle against the Episcopal and liturgical agendas of the early Stewart monarchs. For some of these men, it was the Five Articles of Perth (1618) that galvanized their religious commitment to Presbyterianism, but it remains that most members of the episcopate up to 1638 were, polity apart, Puritans as well.

Keywords:   clergy, episcopate, Five Articles of Perth, Presbyterianism

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