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A Miscellany of British Church History

Author: Roland Burrows
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Review Comments
Reprinting, available late April.

'Originally taught to Crown College students from the USA working in the UK, in order to give them an appreciation of the Christian heritage of the British Isles. This is what lies behind the interesting and accesible way the book is written. It starts with the coming of the Gospel to these islands as far back as the first century AD, and traces the dealings of God with out nation chronologically. This is the book's great strength. It means the reader can see at a glance from the detailed contents pages the sweep of church history in Great Britain...

Books on church history go from the "heavy going" to the "scintillating". This book is very much toward the latter end of that spectrum. To own a copy will be to have a record of "all the great works of the Lord" that have blesses Great Britain for so long, and which we pray the Lord will be pleased to restore in our day.' - Rev John Thackway
Table of Contents
The British Church in the First and Early Christian Centuries
The Social, Political and Religious Structure of Ancient British Society
The Tradition That Joseph of Arimathea First Brought the Gospel to Glastonbury, Somerset
The Tradition That Paul the Apostle Came to Britain
The Tradition That the Apostle Peter Visited Britain
The Caractacus Tradition
Pomponia Graecina (d. AD 83)
King Lucius
The Celtic Tradition
Summing Up
The Diocletian Persecution
Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus (240-311)
Persecutions Cease under Constantine The Great
Controversies and Heresies
The Donatist Controversy
Germanus and Lupus

Christianity in Britain at the Time of the Fall of Rome
The Establishment of Monasteries in Britain
Fastidius (c. 426)
Lights Of The Early British Church
St. Ninian
St. Patrick (385-461)
St. Columba (521-597)
Columbanus (543-615)

The British Church in the Saxon and Danish Period
The Coming of the Saxons
The Character of the Saxons
Augustine of Canterbury
Augustine’s Books
Edwin (c. 586-632/633)
Oswald King of Northumbria (c. 604-642)
The Synod of Whitby
Theodore of Tarsus
The Venerable Bede (671-735)
The Continuing Culdee Church
The Heptarchy
Alcuin (c. 735-804)
John Scotus Erigena (815-877)
The Danish Invasions
King Alfred the Great (849-899)
Dunstan (c. 909-988)
Subsequent Danish Attacks
Canute (1017-1035)
Edward the Confessor (1042-1066)

The Coming of the Normans and the Increasing Power of the Papacy
The Norman Conquest (1066)
Anselm (c. 1033-1109)
Pope Gregory VII (1015-1085) The Struggle for Supremacy Church versus State
Hildebrand’s confrontation with Henry IV of Germany
Henry II of England and Thomas à Beckett
King John (1166-1216)
Simon de Montfort (1208-1265) and the Establishing of the English Parliament
Edward I (1272-1307)
The Importance of the Church in Establishing Represtative Government in England
The Mendicant Friars

Men Who Prepared the Way for John Wycliffe
Robert Grosseteste (c. 1175-1253)
William of Occam (1300-1349)
Richard FitzRalph (1295-1360)
Thomas Bradwardine (1290-1349)
William Langland (c. 1330-1386)

The Dawn of the Reformation
John Wycliffe (ca. 1320-1384)
The Black Death
The Teaching of John Wycliffe
John Wycliffe as a Writer
The Statute of Provisors (1351)
The Statute of Praemunire (1393)
The Lollards
Sir John Oldcastle (Lord Cobham)

The Renaissance
The Renaissance or the Revival of Learning
The Invention of Printing
The Great Western Schism
William Tyndale 1484-1536

The Reformation in England
Henry VIII’s Marriage to Catherine of Aragon
The Royal Supremacy
The Suppression of the Monasteries
The Act of the Six Articles 1539
Edward VI – the English Josiah
Church Reform under Edward VI
Queen Mary (1553-1558)
Note on the Protestant View of History

Protestant Island – Elizabeth Regina
Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603)
A Review of the Articles of Religion (1562)
The Backlash from Rome
Bishop Jewel’s Challenge and ‘Apology’
Our Debt to the Reformation
Overview of Reformation Bible Translation dates
The Beginnings of Colonisation and the Origins of British Sea Power
The Spanish Armada 1588
The Armada Underway

The Reformation in Scotland
The Old Celtic Church
The Influence of Lollardy in Scotland
John Huss and Scotland
The Roman Church in Scotland and the political situation
John Knox (1513/14-24 November 1572)
The Congregation and the First Covenant
The Scots Confession
The Scots Confession of 1560
Mary Queen of Scots and the Reformation
The Book of Discipline and the first General Assembly
The Death of Knox
Andrew Melville
The National Covenant

The Reformation in Ireland

The Rise of the Puritans
The Growth of Puritans
Identifying Various Strands within Puritanism
The Apparent Defeat of Puritanism
Characteristics of Puritan Doctrine
Characteristic Puritan teaching in respect to Worship
Puritans and the Lord’s Day
Puritans in Daily Life
The Puritans Were Marked By a Genuine Spirit of Tolerance
The Puritans Were Characterised By a Love of Truth and a Hatred of Lies
English Puritans were Credited With the Concept of the Family As We Have To know it
The Puritans and Religious Toleration
The Puritans and Democracy
The Landing of The Pilgrim Fathers
The Puritans and the Nonconformist Conscience
Puritanism and the Ideal of National Greatness
Puritanism and the Peace of the Nation
Puritanism and a High Ideal of Human Life
Puritanism and Maturity

Oliver Cromwell
Cromwell’s Early Life and Marriage
Cromwell’s Intended Emigration to New England
His Conversion
His Love of Scripture
His Denominational Learnings
His Entry into Parliament
The Civil war
The causes of the Civil War
The Second Civil war
Cromwell in Ireland
Cromwell and Religious Toleration
Cromwell’s Defence of Persecuted Protestants Abroad
Cromwell not opposed to the Principle of Constitutional Monarchy
Cromwell’s Legacy

The Development of Nonconformity
The Ascendency of Presbyterianism
The Baptists
Three Main Baptist Groups
1. General Baptists
2. Particular Baptists
3. The Seventh Day Baptists
The Formation of Baptist Associations
The Remarkable Journey of Richard Tidmarsh
The Great Ejection – 1662
Political and Religious Conditions
What did the Act of Uniformity require?

Three Representatives of Seventeenth Century Nonconformists – Owen, Milton and Baxter
John Owen (1616-1683)
John Milton (1608-1674)
Richard Baxter (1615-1691)
The Glorious revolution (1688)
The Coronation Oath Act (1688)
The Bill of Rights (1689)
The Act of Settlement (1701)
The Eighteeneth Century
1 – The Spiritual and Moral Conditions in early Eighteenth Century England
The Condition of the Church
The Condition of the Dissenting Churches
2 – The Revival and the Sovereignty of God
3 – The Antecedents To The Revival
1. The Religious Societies
2. The Great Awakening in New England
3. Revival in Wales
4. The Moravian Revival
4 – The Influence of Whitefield and the Wesleys
George Whitefield
The Two Wesleys
5 – The Personal Spiritual Walk of Whitefield and the Wesleys
The Influence of the Holy Spirit in the Lives of the Wesleys and Whitefield
6 – Conclusions and Lessons for Today

The British Church in the Nineteenth Century
General Overview
The Social Impact of the Church
The Church of England
John Angell James

The British Church in the Twentieth Century
The Higher Critical Movement
The Abandonment of Doctrinal Precision
The Influence of Secular Humanism
The De-moralisation of Society
The Ecumenical Movement
The Influence of Billy Graham
The Charismatic Movement
Positive Movements within the Reformed and Evangelical Position
Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones
The Banner of Truth Trust
Other Influences for Good
Nil Desperandum Auspice Deo

Appendix 1
The Spiritual and Moral Literary Legacy of Alfred the Great

Appendix 2
John Foxe and his Book of Martyrs
Part One – The Life of Foxe
Part Two – Purpose and Aim of the Martyrology
Part Three – His Character

Appendix 3
Thomas Cranmer and the Influences that brought about the Reformation in England
Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556)
Cranmer’s Origins
Cranmer as Archbishop of Canterbury
Cranmer at the Time of Queen Mary
The Character and Principles of Cranmer
Concluding Remarks

Appendix 4
Calvinism and its Controversies
High Calvinism
Tobias Crisp
Joseph Hussey
John Skepp
Dr John Gill
John Brine
John Stevens
Andrew Fuller

Appendix 5
The Work of the Westminster Assembly of Divines

Appendix 6
The Birth of the Modern Missionary Movement

Appendix 7
Christianity Vital for the Well-being of Society
Civil Freedom Cannot Be Maintained Long Without It Virtues Encouraged

List of Illustrations
Between p. 130 & p.131
1. Celtic saints in Wales
2. Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
3. Latin Psalter with Anglo-Saxon gloss showing the start of Psalm 18 (vulgate) which is Psalm 19 (KJV)
4. Piers Plowman
5. Equestrian Rider – Chaucer
6. A page from the Wycliffe Bible
7. Wycliffe
8. Wycliffe sending out his Lollards
Between p. 174 & p. 175
9. William Tyndale
10. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs – Tyndale’s death
11. Holbein – Erasmus
12. Caxton showing the first specimen of his printing to King Edward IV at the Almonry, Westminster
13. Tyndale Bible – Gospel of John chapter one
14. Edward VI of England
15. The Burning of Cranmer
16. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs – 1563 title page
Between p. 314 & p. 315
17. Map of the Low Countries C. 1700
18. The Golden Hinde
19. The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers
20. Cromwell outside Parliament in London
21. John Owen
22. John Milton
23. Richard Baxter
24. Hogarth – Gin – Lane
25. The sleeping Congregation

A Miscellany of British Church History

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Additional Information
Author Roland Burrows
Item Code BURR13
ISBN 9781901670363
Weight 1550.0000
Publisher Tentmaker Publications
Binding Hardback
Depth 41mm
Height 243mm
Width 176mm
Illustrated No
Pages 629
Volumes 1