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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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A New Dogma

A New Dogma

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(p.101) I A New Dogma
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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/9780198222989.003.0008

When the first presbyterians claimed on scriptural authority that there must be a strict parity of pastors and congregations, they were rebuffed with no stronger weapons than these. Even Archbishop Whitgift conceded an equality of all ministers ‘touching the ministry’, and reserved the superiority of bishops to their jurisdiction. ‘For we acknowledge that there is one equal power and function of all ministers, but yet superiority also to be among them for order's sake.’ Where there was no Christian magistrate there might be no bishops either, and then the Church would be well governed by elders and elected assemblies.

Keywords:   Presbyterians, scriptural authority, pastors, congregations, Archbishop Whitgift, elected assemblies, Church

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