By Jean-Louis Quantin
divines, precisely like their Reformed opposite numbers at the Continent, used the Church Fathers to vindicate the Reformation from Roman Catholic fees of novelty, yet firmly rejected the authority of culture. They under pressure that, on all questions controverted, there has been easily no consensus of the Fathers.
Beginning with the 'avant-garde conformists' of early Stuart England, the connection with antiquity turned an increasing number of well known within the development of a brand new confessional id, in contradistinction either to Rome and to Continental Protestants, which, via 1680, may well particularly be known as 'Anglican'. English divines now gave to patristics the very maximum of missions. In that overdue age of Christianity - so the assumption ran - now that charisms have been withdrawn and miracles had ceased, the exploration of
ancient texts was once the single trustworthy path to fact. because the identification of the Church of britain used to be hence redefined, its earlier was once reinvented. This entice the Fathers boosted the self-confidence of the English clergy and helped them to surmount the crises of the 1650s and 1680s. however it additionally undermined
the orthodoxy that it used to be imagined to support.
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