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God's InstrumentsPolitical Conduct in the England of Oliver Cromwell$
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Blair Worden

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570492

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570492.001.0001

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Toleration and the Protectorate

Toleration and the Protectorate

(p.63) 3 Toleration and the Protectorate
God's Instruments

Blair Worden

Oxford University Press

It has long been said that Oliver Cromwell was a friend of religious toleration. The truth is more complicated. For us, ‘toleration’s is one of the rights of man. Cromwell and his associates sought, not the rights of man, but the advancement of the gospel and the creation of a godly commonwealth, goals to which they deemed liberty of conscience, and the removal of man‐made impediments between the believer and Christ, to be essential. The Cromwellians wanted toleration only within the Puritan fold, not for the unregenerate mass of mankind. The chapter shows how they sought to implement that aim.

Keywords:   Cromwell, toleration, liberty, conscience, Owen

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