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The Elizabethan Puritan Movement$
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Patrick Collinson

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198222989

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198222989.001.0001

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‘But Halfly Reformed’

‘But Halfly Reformed’

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(p.29) 2 ‘But Halfly Reformed’
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The Elizabethan Puritan Movement
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Patrick Collinson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198222989.003.0002

Queen Elizabeth's church policy was not unaffected by her private religious opinions, which seem to have been those of a moderate protestant, held with the independence of a mind which was not possessed by any of the current orthodoxies. Her conservative tastes might well have found their most appropriate satisfaction in a church ‘of Lutheran faith and practice’, although her abiding objection to clerical marriage was as much out of tune with the Augsburg Confession as with the teaching of any other evangelical community. But with Elizabeth, the queen often obscures the believer as well as the woman, and her conduct of church affairs was above all an act of statesmanship.

Keywords:   church policy, Queen Elizabeth, protestants, orthodoxy, Augsburg Confession, evangelical community

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