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Hartford PuritanismThomas Hooker, Samuel Stone, and Their Terrifying God$
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Baird Tipson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190212520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212520.001.0001

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The “Reformation of Manners” in Chelmsford

The “Reformation of Manners” in Chelmsford

(p.54) 3 The “Reformation of Manners” in Chelmsford
Hartford Puritanism

Baird Tipson

Oxford University Press

Hooker’s English activity reveals him as a godly preacher presiding over a godly community in the town of Chelmsford. Although the imagery of saints and angels, which provided visual support for pre-Reformation worship, had been largely stripped away, Hooker assumed that his hearers came in constant contact with neighbors who were living models of saintly behavior. Like the later Pietist ecclesiolae in ecclesia, communities of the godly in English towns functioned as organizations of the committed within the larger parish church structure. For godly ministers, in particular, they conferred an alternative status within the pervasive class structure of early seventeenth-century England. In addition to trying to add to its numbers, preachers like Hooker saw it as their mission to sustain the godly community and those within it.

Keywords:   godly community, Chelmsford, Pietist ecclesiola in ecclesia, alternative status

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