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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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Apologist for the Church of England

Apologist for the Church of England

(p.40) 2 Apologist for the Church of England
William Perkins and the Making of a Protestant England

W. B. Patterson

Oxford University Press

William Perkins, usually identified as a Puritan, devoted much of his career to making the teachings of the established Church better known and appreciated. He regarded Puritan as a ‘vile’ term, and he was not a member of what is usually known as the Elizabethan Puritan Movement. He was a Reformed Christian in his theology—the tradition in which Calvin was a leading thinker—but he accepted the government, liturgy, and discipline of the established Church. He sought to lead students, clergy, and the general public to a richer understanding of the fundamental principles of the Christian faith. His A Reformed Catholike (1597) states clearly the teachings of the Church of England and distinguishes them from those of the Church of Rome, while he shows that the two churches share many concerns. Perkins claims the heritage of the scriptures, the Fathers of the Church, and leading scholastic theologians for English religious practices and beliefs.

Keywords:   Apologist, Elizabethan Puritan Movement, Reformed theology, Calvinist, A Reformed Catholike, Liturgy, Fathers of the Church

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