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Church LifePastors, Congregations, and the Experience of Dissent in Seventeenth-Century England$
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Michael Davies, Anne Dunan-Page, and Joel Halcomb

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198753193

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198753193.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Gathered Church Life and the Experience of Dissent

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
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Church Life
Author(s):

Michael Davies

Anne Dunan-Page

Joel Halcomb

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198753193.003.0001

This chapter introduces Church Life: Pastors, Congregations, and the Experience of Dissent in Seventeenth-Century England. It addresses the rationale behind this volume, explains its structure, and summarizes its contents. It explores in detail the key terms of the book’s title: ‘church’, ‘church life’, and the ‘experience of Dissent’. It does so by reflecting initially on the election of the preacher and writer John Bunyan as pastor to the Congregational meeting at Bedford in order to demonstrate something of the rich and complex nature of ‘gathered’ church life as experienced by many Protestant Dissenters throughout the seventeenth century. This chapter also considers what the ‘experience of Dissent’ encompasses, shifting the traditional focus of enquiry beyond the individual believer and the ‘experience’ of religious conversion and its narratives to the more collective concerns of a communally-centred and mutually-shared experience of Dissenting church life as captured especially in manuscript church books and records.

Keywords:   Church life, pastors, congregations, experience of Dissent, Protestant Dissenters, the seventeenth century, religious conversion, church, church books, John Bunyan

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