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Consent From Church To State

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It was the concern of both defenders and critics to ensure that God's will was manifest in church and state that nourished the conflicts over Elizabethan ecclesiastical policy. This chapter touches on the following: Presbyterianism, separatism, and the royal supremacy, Robert Browne's congregational political thought, the thought of Robert Harrison and Henry Barrow, Thomas Bilson's trve difference between Christian svbiection and Vnchristian rebellion (1585). Within the writings of the Separatists we witness that powerful political vocabulary identified by McLaren as 'godly and prophetic counsel'. Separatism was beginning to be seen with the same disgust as Catholic recusancy. As far as both criticised the English government and religion, both were seen as disloyal to the commonwealth. In the history of political thought the Elizabethan protestors must again be placed at the centre as inspiring and providing a vocabulary for much that would become foundational for modern politics.

Keywords: Christian svbiection; presbyterianism; royal supremacy; separatism; trve difference; Vnchristian rebellion

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