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English Presbyterianism 1590–1640$
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Polly Ha

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759878

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759878.001.0001

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Presbyterianism in Practice?

Presbyterianism in Practice?

(p.121) Chapter 6 Presbyterianism in Practice?
English Presbyterianism 1590–1640
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This chapter addresses the practice of Presbyterianism. Conflicts within, without, and between congregations can show presbyterian inflections in English nonconformity. The complaint of “the constant to-ing and fro-ing” of English Merchant households by Walter Travers points to the routine traffic between England and Antwerp and the direct association between the English Merchant Adventurer in Antwerp and the company's base in London. Some presbyterians have been concerned to stress church unity alongside their defense against heterodoxy. The informal link of the godly has worried anti-puritan activists less than organization through institutions that could do more to subvert the authority of the Church of England. The clash between Thomas Potts and the Newland membership quite strikingly reveals that the godly laity was prepared to override the wishes of a particular congregation.

Keywords:   Presbyterianism, congregations, presbyterian, English nonconformity, Walter Travers, English Merchant Adventurer, Antwerp, Church of England, Thomas Potts, Newland

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