According to Robert Jenison, godly cities were those purged by ‘a thorough reformation’, and marked by ‘their impartial uprightness in executing justice and regarding the cause of the poor’. Civic godliness has the capacity to produce a new set of determined drivers for the vehicle of social reform, and to accelerate its pace, even if it did not select an entirely new destination. The chapter looks closely at what made these drivers distinctive, and then turns to their destination in order to ask what was peculiar about that. In the end, the wider inculcation of godly discipline remained an impossible goal; and the greater the acceleration of civic reform, the more divisive, unpopular, and unattainable that ultimate destination became.
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