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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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None of us are born free: self-restraint and salvation

None of us are born free: self-restraint and salvation

(p.244) Chapter 13 None of us are born free: self-restraint and salvation
Reformation without end

Robert G. Ingram

Manchester University Press

This chapter sketches the lineaments of the orthodox soteriological position of the eighteenth-century Church of England. It draws its evidence from Zachary Grey’s unpublished manuscript sermons, delivered to his parishioners across the middle third of the century. Through them runs a coherent soteriological argument, one with a stable conception of God; of how God operated in the world; and of how and why humans (God’s rational creatures) are damned or saved after death. Through Grey’s sermons also runs a coherent argument about how sin and salvation related to natural and human history. God’s active providential management of his creation was purposeful and responsive: he punished and warned because people sinned. Restraining sin offered a way to secure civil peace. This chapter explains why the eighteenth-century orthodox thought as much.

Keywords:   Soteriology, Original sin, The Devil, Heaven and Hell, The passions

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