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William Perkins and the Making of a Protestant England$
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W. B. Patterson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199681525

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681525.001.0001

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William Perkins and the Making of a Protestant England
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W. B. Patterson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681525.003.0010

Perkins was one of the principal English reformers and was instrumental in the shaping of the religious culture of his country. Long misunderstood as having been a Puritan, he was a well known and effective apologist for the English Church as it emerged during the reign of Elizabeth I, a skilled systematic theologian on the contested subject of salvation and predestination, a perceptive and influential guide in cases of conscience, an original writer on preaching who influenced the development of English prose, and a challenging writer and bold prophet on issues of social and economic justice. His legacy was an English Protestantism that survived the religious and political upheavals of the mid-seventeenth century and became an enduring part of English life.

Keywords:   English Reformer, Apologist, cases of conscience, prophet, enduring legacy

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