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By Dr Cunningham Jack

This publication examines the lives of 2 major 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 throughout the first half the 17th century, and their lives and works offer very important insights into the ecclesiastical background of early glossy Europe. in addition to charting the careers of Ussher and Bramhall, this research introduces an unique and revealing approach for reading post-Reformation faith. Arguing that the Reformation was once encouraged via spiritual impulses that pre-date Christianity, it introduces a biblical idea of 'Justice' and 'Numinous' motifs to supply a special standpoint on ecclesiastical improvement. placed easily, those motifs characterize at the one hand, the terror of God's judgement, and at the different, the sacred perception of the terror 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 diverse interpretations of Protestantism collected. through employing those looser thoughts to Ussher and Bramhall, instead of inflexible labels reminiscent of Arminian, Laudian or Calvinist, a extra refined realizing in their careers is feasible, and gives an altogether extra passable approach to denominational categorisation than those shortly hired, not only for the British church buildings yet for the historical past of the Reformation as an entire.

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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.

Sykes, ‘Ussher as Churchman’, Theology, (February, 1957): 62. 77 Parr, Life, p. 15. Elrington, Life, p. 51. 78 Knox, Ussher, p. 98. 12 James Ussher and John Bramhall that Ussher’s low-Church Calvinism made him an enemy of authority. 79 Most commentators account for the King’s aversion by pointing out that Ussher’s close association with the 1615 Articles would have made him unpopular in some English quarters. ’81 However, this narrative has all the hallmarks of biographical device in which the young aspirant overcomes the initial odds to eventually win over against the unfair hostility manufactured by his enemies.

37 Vesey, Athanasius, p. 4; DNB, (2004), vol. 7, p. 313. E. E. ), Typical English Churchmen (London, 1902), fn. p. 84. 39 BW, vol. 1, p. lviii. , p. lix. 41 Sparrow-Simpson, Bramhall, p. 6. 42 McAdoo, Bramhall, p. 1. ’43 A further letter written in 1633 seems to confirm the impression that Laud was, if not instrumental in appointing Bramhall to Strafford’s team, he was at the very least his strong advocate. The letter to Wentworth vindicates the appointment, ‘And for Dr Bramhall, I think, with your Lordship’s direction and countenance, he will be able to do any service that can be put upon him.

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