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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 Congregation and its Ministers

The Congregation and its Ministers

(p.333) 1 The Congregation and its Ministers
The Elizabethan Puritan Movement

Patrick Collinson

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An investigation needs to be made on the extent to which a single reformed church order — that of the Book of Discipline and the Genevan Forme of prayers — was being covertly realized at the local, congregational level in the election and ordination of the ministry and in the conduct of discipline and worship. In these respects, did every man do what was right in his eyes? Or did Elizabethan puritan practice display any coherence? Was the tendency towards Presbyterianism, or to congregationalism? What signs were there of the abandonment of the formularies and procedures of the Church of England in favour of the forms of service and church government of the foreign reformed churches? In its congregational practice the puritan church within the Church was a single if far from uniform entity.

Keywords:   church order, church reform, Book of Discipline, Genevan forme of prayers, Elizabethan puritan practice, Presbyterianism, congregationalism, church government

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