Journals Higher Education



Published: 05 January 1989

304 Pages

ISBN: 9780198267263

Bookseller Code (06)

The Communion of Saints

Radical Puritan and Separatist Ecclesiology 1570-1625

Stephen Brachlow

Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs

This study of left-wing puritan and separatist ecclesiology in Elizabethan and Jacobean England explores such topics as the relationship of soteriology, eschatology, and puritan covenant thought to ecclesiology; radical puritan and separatist ideals about the government of gathered churches; the role of synodical authority, and the relationship between church and state. Brachlow underlines the shared ecclesiastical ideals of both radical puritans and separatist "congregationalists" recognizing that while there were presbyterian as well as congregational tendencies in each tradition, they were by no means always clear or denominationally fixed.