Journals Higher Education



Published: 16 August 2007

296 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195325317

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God's Irishmen

Theological Debates in Cromwellian Ireland

Crawford Gribben

Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

The Cromwellian invasion of Ireland is often remembered as a bitter ethnic, religious, and social contest. This memory has been sustained by the continued neglect of the Cromwellians' fractured intellectual world. God's Irishmen describes the theological debates that tore the Cromwellian movement apart and provided for its eventual failure. Providing a close and informed analysis of the relatively few texts that survive from the period, Crawford Gribben not only dissects the contentious theological issues but reflects on larger questions about the characteristics of the Protestant churches in Cromwellian Ireland. In particular, he considers whether they are better seen as fissiparous and factious or keen to achieve unity in the face of the challenge from a Catholic majority. He also reflects on the question that has dominated discussion of this period: whether the Protestants' small numbers and seemingly beleaguered situation produced an idiosyncratic theology.