The Minutes and Papers of the Westminster Assembly, 1643-1652

Paperback | October 9, 2012

EditorChad Van DixhoornbyDavid F. Wright

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For more than ten years the Westminster assembly was one of the major institutions of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Members of the assembly were involved in every significant political debate of the decade, and the public blamed or blessed the think-tank for radical changes in the church. Athome and abroad, people perceived the assembly to be a powerful patron. Christians wrote from Europe to ask the assembly for advice. Visitors made their way to the abbey, from an unknown Muslim to the elector palatine of the Rhine. Printers and booksellers promoted the works of the synod'stheologians and members were paraded down London streets and feasted at banquets. The story of the Westminster assembly's accomplishments, as well as its failures, are told in the texts of this edition. The gathering left behind an extraordinary testimony of its reforming activities, and the manuscript minutes constitute one of the most important unpublished religious texts ofseventeenth-century Britain. All surviving votes and debates of the assembly are provided here for the first time. This edition documents almost 2,000 examinations of preachers for churches, fellows for colleges, and heretics for heresy. It also includes all known assembly papers, many of them onlyrecently discovered. These texts reveal much of the assembly's work behind the scenes, and explain how the gathering could at once serve as an icon of godly rule, producing classic texts in the history of Christian doctrine and practice, while simultaneously becoming entangled in prolonged debatesand the 'democratic anarchy' which characterized the British Revolution.

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For more than ten years the Westminster assembly was one of the major institutions of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Members of the assembly were involved in every significant political debate of the decade, and the public blamed or blessed the think-tank for radical changes in the church. Athome and abroad, people perceived the assem...

Chad Van Dixhoorn received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from the British Academy. He was a fellow of Wolfson College and a member of the Faculty of History of the University of Cambridge from 2004-2008. Since that time he has served as a part-time Senior Research Fellow of the col...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:2592 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1 inPublished:October 9, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019920683X

ISBN - 13:9780199206834

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Table of Contents

Volume 1I. Summoning an AssemblyII. The Reformation at WestminsterIII. The Westminster Assembly at WorkIV. The Text of the Minutes and PapersV. Conclusion: The Reception and Legacy of the Westminster AssemblyReader's GuideBiographical DictionaryRegister of Citations in the Minutes and PapersAppendicesVolume 2Votes of the AssemblyMinutesVolume 3MinutesVolume 4MinutesVolume 5Table of Plenary SessionsCalendar of Assembly PapersScripture IndexSubject IndexPlace IndexPerson Index