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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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Popular Presbyterianism

Popular Presbyterianism

(p.144) Chapter 7 Popular Presbyterianism
English Presbyterianism 1590–1640
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This chapter utilizes a bivariate analysis to evaluate whether there was any link between the main variables of social status and popular participation in presbyterian government. English Presbyterianism could cover a wider social range than hitherto realized. The membership of the English Reformed Church in Amsterdam is then addressed. Distribution of alms has probably led to the growth of the Church among poorer members. While certain poorer members such as Thomas Adams may have objected to the intervention of the Dutch classis in their criticism of Paget, others were prepared to “tell the church” by appealing to the classis against the consistory's judgment. It is noted that public offense did not always involve public confession in the English Reformed Church. Poorer men and women have objected to and worked within the ambiguities between private and public boundaries as defined by the consistory.

Keywords:   presbyterian government, social status, popular participation, English Presbyterianism, English Reformed Church, Amsterdam, Thomas Adams, consistory

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