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The Elizabethan Puritan Movement$
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Patrick Collinson

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198222989

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198222989.001.0001

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The Early Presbyterian Movement

The Early Presbyterian Movement

(p.131) 4 The Early Presbyterian Movement
The Elizabethan Puritan Movement

Patrick Collinson

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John Field almost certainly shared the company of the London separatists, and like them nourished a fervent hatred for the bishops and all their ways. For him, as for them, it was a matter of debate whether all the marks of a true Church of God were to be found in the Elizabethan establishment. Yet unlike so many ‘simple gospellers’, he dreaded the prospect of sectarian fission and saw no good in a separatist course. Field's quarrel with Elizabethan Anglicanism derived not from incorrigible dissent but from a Calvinist's zeal for unity. The pathetic confusion which divided the London godly was in his view the inevitable consequence of the Episcopal insistence on a uniformity of a contrary and ungodly kind.

Keywords:   Presbyterian movement, London separatists, Church of God, gospeller, John Field, Anglicanism, puritan movement

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