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God's InstrumentsPolitical Conduct in the England of Oliver Cromwell$
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Blair Worden

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570492

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570492.001.0001

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Civil and Religious Liberty

Civil and Religious Liberty

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(p.313) 8 Civil and Religious Liberty
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God's Instruments
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Blair Worden

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570492.003.0009

The parliamentarians of the civil war fought against grievances on two fronts: political and religious. But they did not discern any inherent connection between the two sets of issues at stake. In politics they fought for ‘liberty’, in religion for ‘reformation’. The chapter shows how, over the course of the revolution, the two causes became linked, so that by 1659–60 the phrase ‘civil and religious liberty’ had become ubiquitous. It would be a defining feature of English political vocabulary for a quarter of a millennium. We watch the evolution of a new concept of religious liberty during the revolution and the formation of its alliance with concepts of civil liberty.

Keywords:   civil, religious, liberty, Cromwell, conscience, puritan

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