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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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The Circumstances of its Assertion

The Circumstances of its Assertion

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(p.109) 2 The Circumstances of its Assertion
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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/9780198222989.003.0009

Presbyterianism was perhaps implicit in the teaching of Beza's master, but like that other secondary product of his thought, the Calvinist doctrine of active political resistance, it remained to less conservative temperaments to draw the final and radical conclusions. Moreover, the narrow dogmatism of the new line was foreign to the mind of a reformer who was more concerned with transmitting the spirit than the form of his achievements. The responsibility for elevating polity to the rank of a protestant dogma and for anathematizing episcopacy, name and thing, lies with Calvin's successor.

Keywords:   Presbyterianism, Calvinist doctrine, political resistance, dogmatism, episcopacy, Calvin

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