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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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Attacked and Defended

Attacked and Defended

(p.168) 7 Attacked and Defended
William Perkins and the Making of a Protestant England

W. B. Patterson

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with a major controversy, which occurred soon after Perkins’s death in 1602. William Bishop, a Roman Catholic priest and scholar, educated at Oxford, Rome, Rheims, and Paris, attacked Perkins’s A Reformed Catholicke in a forceful and effective way in his own Reformation of a Catholic Deformed, published in two parts, in 1604 and 1607. In turn, Robert Abbot, a fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, who became Regius professor of divinity, defended Perkins in a series of vigorously argued books. Another defender of Perkins was Anthony Wotton, a former fellow of King’s College, Cambridge, who was the first professor of divinity at Gresham College, London. Bishop was subsequently named a bishop by the pope with jurisdiction over Roman Catholics in England. The effect of this controversy was to keep Perkins’s theology at the center of theological discussion and to suggest that Perkins’s teachings were an authoritative expression of the Protestant theology of the established Church.

Keywords:   controversy, William Bishop, Robert Abbot, Anthony Wotton, English theology

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