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The Commemoration of the Reformation and Mid-Nineteenth Century Evangelical Identity

Wolffe, John (2014). The Commemoration of the Reformation and Mid-Nineteenth Century Evangelical Identity. Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 90(1) pp. 49–68.

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This article explores evangelical perceptions of the Reformation, with particular reference to the commemoration in 1835 of the tercentenary of the publication of Coverdale's English Bible. The first half of the nineteenth century saw a growth in evangelical interest in the Reformation, although historical understanding of the sixteenth century was initially unsophisticated and simplistic equations between past and present were widespread. The 1835 commemoration exposed a tendency to use history as a tool in contemporary controversies between Anglicans and Protestants Dissenters, as well as in the polemics of both against Roman Catholics. It also, however, helped to stimulate the growth of serious scholarly inquiry and publication about the Reformation, notably in the formation (1840) of the Parker Society. The commemorations of the tercentenaries of the accession of Elizabeth I (1858) and of the Scottish Reformation (1860) provide concluding vantage points from which to view the development of historical understanding of the Reformation during the preceding quarter century.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 2054-9326
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Protestant Catholic Conflict: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Realities (A-08-044-JW)ES/G034222/1AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)
Keywords: Edward Bickersteth; England; Ireland; Miles Coverdale; Parker Society; Reformation Society; Scotland; Thomas Hartwell Horne; sermons
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 50703
Depositing User: John Wolffe
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2017 14:02
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 17:31
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