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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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Salvation and the Thirty-Nine Articles

Salvation and the Thirty-Nine Articles

(p.64) 3 Salvation and the Thirty-Nine Articles
William Perkins and the Making of a Protestant England

W. B. Patterson

Oxford University Press

Perkins contributed significantly to the English and European discussion of the controversial issues of salvation and predestination. He wrote two important Latin treatises on the subject, both intended for a scholarly audience. They grew out of controversies in Cambridge. The first book, translated almost at once into English as A Golden Chaine (1591), became one of his most widely read treatises. Its argument is consistent with Article XVII of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, authorized by the Queen in 1571. Archbishop Whigift’s Lambeth Articles of 1595 covered much of the same ground and was intended to put an end to a stubborn and damaging controversy, but was never officially authorized by the Queen. Perkins’s discussion of the doctrine of predestination was far more discursive and was based on an analysis of key passages of scripture. Perkins’s second treatise provoked the Dutch theologian Jacob Arminius into challenging the prevailing teachings of the Reformed Church in the Netherlands.

Keywords:   Salvation, Predestination, Thirty-Nine Articles, Cambridge disputes, John Whitgift, Lambeth Articles, Jacob Arminius

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