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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 Elizabethan Puritan Movement

Patrick Collinson

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Few episodes of Elizabethan church history are so suggestive of the gulf dividing the queen's church policy from the outlook of so many of her servants. According to the progressive protestant view now in the ascendant, the ministry of the Church should be an energetic force, converting the people to a godly obedience by proclamation of the word and discipline. There would be no security without subjection to the gospel, and no understanding of the gospel without preaching. But Elizabeth, who told Grindal that three or four preachers were sufficient for a shire, and who could express her content with a ministry of ‘such as can read the scriptures and homilies well unto the people’, took a thoroughly conservative view of the Church's function.

Keywords:   church policy, Elizabethan church, scriptures, church ministry, gospels, Grindal

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