The Toleration Act Marked A Profound Shift In The English Religious Landscape By Permitting The Public Worship Of Protestant Dissenters Largely Presbyterian , The Statute Laid The Foundations For Legal Religious Pluralism, Albeit Limited, And Ensured That Eighteenth Century English Society Would Be Multi Denominational However, The Act Was Rushed, Incomplete And Ambiguous And Threw Up Numerous Practical Difficulties For Church Of England Clergy This Book Explores How The Established Church Reacted To The Legal Establishment Of A Multi Denominational Religious Environment, After Decades Of Uniformity Under Charles II, And How It Came To Terms With Religious Pluralism The Reaction Of The Clergy To The Act Was Uncertain And Divided And, Thanks To Its Ambiguity, There Was Genuine Confusion Over How Far It Extended The Book Examines How The Relationship Between The Church And Dissenters Was Worked Out In The Decades After Through A Series Of Five Case Studies On Occasional Non Conformity The Movement For The Reformation Of Manners Baptism Education And The Use Of Chapels Using These Case Studies, It Examines How The Act Played Out In The Lived Experience Of The Clergy And The Effects That It Had On Their Pastoral Role It Places The Act In Its Broader Context, At The End Of The Long Reformation , And Shows That The Act, Far From Representing A Defining Constitutional Moment, Heralded A Process Of Slow And Confused Adjustment, Eventually Resulting In The Relatively Stable Religious Landscape Of The Early S RALPH STEVENS Is Tutor In History At University College Dublin
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- 208 pages
- Protestant Pluralism
- Ralph Stevens
- 12 October 2018 Ralph Stevens