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From Persecution to TolerationThe Glorious Revolution and Religion in England$
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Ole Peter Grell, Jonathan I. Israel, and Nicholas Tyacke

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201960

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201960.001.0001

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The Twilight of Puritanism in the Years before and after 1688

The Twilight of Puritanism in the Years before and after 1688

(p.307) 12. The Twilight of Puritanism in the Years before and after 1688
From Persecution to Toleration

B. R. White

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This chapter is concerned with the period just before and after 1688, when Puritanism entered into a twilight period and began to take on the shape and colour which was to mark eighteenth-century Dissent. Puritans found it difficult to turn away from the concept of a state church establishment, for this was part of their own basic assumptions and convictions. The ‘twilight’ of Puritanism came when the ideal of a committed lifestyle remained but it was recognized that the hope of a united church had gone, and the various groupings within the Puritan spectrum began to develop their own institutions in the light of that fact.

Keywords:   Puritanism, Puritans, Dissent, state church

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