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William Perkins and the Making of a Protestant England$
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W. B. Patterson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199681525

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681525.001.0001

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William Perkins and the Making of a Protestant England

W. B. Patterson

Oxford University Press

Perkins was one of the principal English reformers and was instrumental in the shaping of the religious culture of his country. Long misunderstood as having been a Puritan, he was a well known and effective apologist for the English Church as it emerged during the reign of Elizabeth I, a skilled systematic theologian on the contested subject of salvation and predestination, a perceptive and influential guide in cases of conscience, an original writer on preaching who influenced the development of English prose, and a challenging writer and bold prophet on issues of social and economic justice. His legacy was an English Protestantism that survived the religious and political upheavals of the mid-seventeenth century and became an enduring part of English life.

Keywords:   English Reformer, Apologist, cases of conscience, prophet, enduring legacy

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