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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 Meetings of the Godly

The Meetings of the Godly

(p.372) 4 The Meetings of the Godly
The Elizabethan Puritan Movement

Patrick Collinson

Oxford University Press

Both the services of the Church established under the Act of Uniformity were corrupt and the principle of compulsion, which the same statute embodied was unlawful. Yet many other exercises of religion were pointed to which flourished within the national Church, wherein none were present by constraint, and where the service book does not so much as appear. So long as these benefits were freely enjoyed there was no need of separation. The more extreme puritan clergy made of the legally established services of the Church, and of the corrupt Prayer Book which they were bound to use for all these occasions. However, there were other fields of puritan activity which were free of these restraints which were those other, voluntary religious exercises which mingled prayer, exposition of the word and psalm-singing in varying proportions, and in which the Prayer Book had no place.

Keywords:   Act of Uniformity, service book, puritan clergy, corrupt Prayer Book, voluntary religious exercises, psalm-singing

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