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Title:
The Church of England and Christian antiquity : the construction of a confessional identity in the 17th century
Author:
Quantin, Jean-Louis.
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9780199557868
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Physical Description:
xii, 511 p. ; 23 cm.
Series:
Oxford-Warburg studies
Series Title:
Oxford-Warburg studies
Contents:
The English Reformation and the Protestant view of antiquity -- The Protestant appeal to the Fathers from Cranmer to Jewel -- Sola scriptura -- Patristic orthodoxy -- Unwritten traditions and the consensus of the Fathers -- Witnesses to the truth : the Fathers and the Protestant view of church history -- Augustine, Calvin, and Reformed orthodoxy -- Becoming traditional : the appeal to antiquity in Jacobean controversies -- Primitive episcopacy -- Puritanism -- Christ's descent into hell -- The cessation of miracles -- From distinctiveness to singularity -- Arminianism, Laudianism, and the Fathers -- Theological method -- Augustinism and Calvinism -- The authority of tradition -- The Fathers assaulted -- The survival of Elizabethan theology -- Theological liberalism and the Fathers : the Great Tew circle -- An anti-patristic breviary : Jean Daill'e's use of the Fathers -- The first English fortune of Daill'e's use of the Fathers -- A patristic identity -- Puritan scripturalism -- The extinction of the Great Tew spirit? -- The restoration church between dissenters and papists -- History versus enthusiasm -- Winning the patristic argument -- The case for tradition -- Defending the Fathers -- Hierarchical tradition : the solution of Herbert Thorndike -- Historical tradition : the solution of Henry Dodwell.
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Summary

Today, the statement that Anglicans are fond of the Fathers and keen on patristic studies looks like a platitude. Like many platitudes, it is much less obvious than one might think. Indeed, it has a long and complex history. Jean-Louis Quantin shows how, between the Reformation and the lastyears of the Restoration, the rationale behind the Church of England's reliance on the Fathers as authorities on doctrinal controversies, changed significantly. Elizabethan divines, exactly like their Reformed counterparts on the Continent, used the Church Fathers to vindicate the Reformation fromRoman Catholic charges of novelty, but firmly rejected the authority of tradition. They stressed that, on all questions controverted, there was simply no consensus of the Fathers. Beginning with the 'avant-garde conformists' of early Stuart England, the reference to antiquity became more and moreprominent in the construction of a new confessional identity, in contradistinction both to Rome and to Continental Protestants, which, by 1680, may fairly be called 'Anglican'. English divines now gave to patristics the very highest of missions. In that late age of Christianity - so the idea ran -now that charisms had been withdrawn and miracles had ceased, the exploration of ancient texts was the only reliable route to truth. As the identity of the Church of England was thus redefined, its past was reinvented. This appeal to the Fathers boosted the self-confidence of the English clergy andhelped them to surmount the crises of the 1650s and 1680s. But it also undermined the orthodoxy that it was supposed to support.


Table of Contents

Introduction
I The English Reformation and the Protestant view of antiquity
The Protestant appeal to the Fathers from Cranmer to Jewel
Sola Scriptura
Patristic orthodoxy'
Unwritten traditions' and the 'consensus of the Fathers'
Witnesses to the truth: the Fathers and the Protestant view of Church history
Augustine, Calvin, and Reformed orthodoxy
II Becoming traditional?
The appeal to antiquity in Jacobean controversies
Primitive episcopacy
Christ's descent into Hell
The cessation of miracles
From distinctiveness to singularity
III Arminianism, Laudianism and the Fathers
Theological method
Augustinism and Calvinism
The authority of tradition
IV The Fathers assaulted
The survival of Elizabethan theology
Theological liberalism and the Fathers: the Great Tew circle
An anti-patristic breviary: Jean Daille's Use of the Fathers
The first English fortune of Daille's Use of the Fathers
V A patristic identity
Puritan scripturalism
The extinction of the Great Tew spirit?
The Restoration Church between Dissenters and Papists
History versus enthusiasm
Winning the patristic argument
VI The case for tradition
Defending the Fathers
Hierarchical tradition: the solution of Herbert Thorndike
Historical tradition: the solution of Henry Dodwell
Conclusion