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The Crisis of British ProtestantismChurch Power in the Puritan Revolution, 1638-44$
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Hunter Powell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719096341

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719096341.001.0001

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The Apologeticall Narration

The Apologeticall Narration

International politics and the real ‘Grand Debate’1

(p.91) Chapter 4 The Apologeticall Narration
The Crisis of British Protestantism

Hunter Powell

Manchester University Press

1644 was the watershed moment in the ecclesiastical debates of the Puritan revolution and deserves a close inspection. This chapter is an important reassessment of the famous (or infamous) Apologeticall Narration and its place in the immediate political and theological climate of 1644. Typically seen as announcement of ecclesiological war, we will see that the Narration was actually a document written to keep the alliance built in 1640/41 from fracturing. It is only through relocating the Narration in its international political context that we begin to see why it was really controversial.

Keywords:   Robert Baillie, Dissenting Brethren, Westminster Assembly, Parliament, Holland, Presbyterianism, Erastianism, Thomas Goodwin, Civil Wars, Apologetical Narration

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