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The Story of English Congregationalism (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 12 sep 2013


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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... LECTURE V CONGREGATIONALISM ITS CONSOLIDATION AND DEVELOPMENT DURING THE GEORGIAN ERA 1. George I. became King of England in 1714. At his first Council, held on September 22, he declared that he would support and maintain the Churches of England and Scotland; but he added, "without in the least impairing the toleration allowed by law to Protestant Dissenters." One hundred ministers--Presbyterians, Baptists, and Independents--went to congratulate the King and to express their joy at his recent declaration. Bolingbroke, the real author of the Schism Act, met them and asked, "Is this a funeral?" Thomas Bradbury replied, "Yes, my lord; it is the burial of the Schism Bill and the resurrection of liberty." Events soon proved, however, that the spirit of the Schism Bill was by no means dead. George I. issued a proclamation " for the greater encouragement of religion and morality, and forbidding any one to play at dice, cards, or any other game whatsoever on the Lord's Day." Whereupon, says Addison, "the High Flyers circulated a report that all the Churches in London were shut up, and that if a clergyman walked the street ten to one he would be knocked down by a schismatic." The Church and Tory party raised the cry, " High Church for ever!" In some towns of Cheshire, Shropshire, Derbyshire, and Staffordshire, mobs gutted the Nonconformist chapels, smashed Dissenters' furniture, and did violence to hundreds because they were Nonconformists. Active violence, however, soon ceased, but the spirit of enmity kept awake and asserted itself at almost every opportunity. 2. The year 1715 saw the first Jacobite revolt, with which the High Churchmen sympathised strongly. Between two and three thousand Highlanders entered England, and were joined by about as...

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