By Dr Cunningham Jack
This ebook examines the lives of 2 top Irish ecclesiastics, James Ussher (1581-1656) and John Bramhall (1594-1663). either males have been key gamers within the non secular struggles that shook the British Isles through the first half the 17th century, and their lives and works supply vital insights into the ecclesiastical background of early sleek Europe. in addition to charting the careers of Ussher and Bramhall, this examine introduces an unique and revealing process for analyzing post-Reformation faith. Arguing that the Reformation was once encouraged by means of spiritual impulses that pre-date Christianity, it introduces a biblical idea of 'Justice' and 'Numinous' motifs to supply a different standpoint on ecclesiastical improvement. positioned easily, those motifs symbolize at the one hand, the phobia of God's judgement, and at the different, the sacred belief of the phobia of God. those refined understandings that co-existed within the Catholic church have been cut up aside on the Reformation and proved to be separate poles round which assorted interpretations of Protestantism accumulated. by means of utilizing those looser thoughts to Ussher and Bramhall, instead of inflexible labels equivalent to Arminian, Laudian or Calvinist, a extra sophisticated realizing in their careers is feasible, and offers an altogether extra passable approach to denominational categorisation than those almost immediately hired, not only for the British church buildings yet for the background of the Reformation as a complete.
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70 During 1613–15, a Church Convocation was held in Dublin in tandem with a meeting of the Irish Parliament; they were about to commit themselves to a greater deﬁnition on a national basis. ’ C. Lennon, Richard Stanihurst, the Dubliner (Dublin, 1981), pp. A. Wood, Athenae Oxonienses, ed. P. Bliss (2 vols, London, 1820), vol. 2, p. 254. 65 Alumni Dublinenses, p. 833; Carr, Life, p. 57. Carr wrongly dates this event at 1601. 66 66 A. Barry, ‘Ussher’, New Ireland Review, Apr. 1896, vol. V: 75. B. Hone, Lives of Eminent Christians (London, 1839), pp.
He was a loyal servant rather than a blind slave, and if the servant would not countenance disobedience, there were occasions when he was not above a little foot dragging. William Brereton in his travels observed the less than full co-operation he gave to the royal obligations to read the Book of Sports. 90 The Primate was also not averse to the occasional moan. In a letter to secretary Coke, he is surprisingly forthright in his objection to what he sees as the increasingly autocratic nature of Charles’s government, ‘I see ...
144 Elrington, Life, p. 279. 145 J. Quarles, An elegie on the Most Reverend and Learned James Ussher (London, 1656), p. 7. 1 The information we have at our disposal is once more largely thanks to the research of W. Ball Wright who has provided us with so much valuable research into the Usshers. 6 Bramhall attended the King Edward VI Grammar School at Pontefract, of which little is known, except that despite its location in the white rose county, it was a Tudor bastion. ’9 Sidney Sussex had been founded in 1596 by the Countess of Sussex and, like Trinity in Dublin, it was with the express purpose of training a preaching ministry.