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Reformation without endReligion, politics and the past in post-revolutionary England$
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Robert G. Ingram

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526126948

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526126948.001.0001

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Why then are we still reforming?

Why then are we still reforming?

(p.1) Chapter 1 Why then are we still reforming?
Reformation without end

Robert G. Ingram

Manchester University Press

This introductory chapter uses the Thomas Woolston and Thomas Rundle controversies of the 1720s and 1730s to introduce the book’s historiographical framework. This chapter argues that the eighteenth-century English saw themselves as living within the Reformation, which is why religion predominated the era’s print culture. The English Reformation spurred a long conversation, one which was fundamentally about what constituted truth. Eighteenth-century polemical divinity grappled both with what constituted truth and with the consequences of divisions over what constituted truth. For this reason, some during the eighteenth century feared that they lived in an unending Reformation.

Keywords:   Thomas Woolston, Thomas Rundle, Edmund Gibson, Samuel Clarke, Christology, Toleration, Print culture, Public sphere

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