Reformation without end

Religion, politics and the past in post-revolutionary England

By Robert Ingram

Reformation without end


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2694-8
  • Pages: 384
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: March 2018
  • BIC Category: History, HISTORY / General, Humanities / History of religion, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Humanities / Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
  • Series: Politics, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain


Reformation without end radically reinterprets the English Reformation. No one in eighteenth-century England thought that they lived during 'the Enlightenment'. Instead, they thought that they still faced the religious, intellectual and political problems unleashed by the Reformation, which began in the sixteenth century. They faced those problems, though, in the aftermath of two bloody seventeenth-century political and religious revolutions. This book is about the ways that the eighteenth-century English debated the causes and consequences of those seventeenth-century revolutions and the thing which they thought had caused them, the Reformation. Reformation without end draws on a wide array of manuscript sources to show how authors crafted and pitched their works.


Robert G. Ingram is Associate Professor of History at Ohio University


1. Why then are we still reforming?
Part I: Purity of faith and worship against corruptions: Daniel Waterland
2. Truth is always the same
3. Philosophy-lectures or the Sermon on the Mount: Samuel Clarke and the Trinity
4. Has not reason been abused as well as religion?: Matthew Tindal and the Scriptures
5. The sacrament Socinianized: Benjamin Hoadly and the Eucharist
Part II: The history of the Church be fabulous: Conyers Middleton
6. I know not what to make of the author
7. Conversing.with the ancients: Rome and the Bible
8. Treating me worse, than I deserved: heterodoxy and the politics of patronage
9. Flood of resentment: assailing the primitive Church
Part III: Neither Jacobite, nor republican, Presbyterian, nor papist: Zachary Grey
10. Popery in its proper colours
11. Factions, seditions and schismatical principles: Puritans and Dissenters
12. The religion of the first ages: primitivism and the primitive Church
13. None of us are born free: self-restraint and salvation
Part IV: The abuses of fanaticism: William Warburton
14. The incendiaries of sedition and confusion
15. Neither a slave nor a tyrant: Church and state reimagined
16. The triumph of Christ over Julian: prodigies, miracles and providence
17. A due degree of zeal: enthusiasm and Methodism

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