Some books that helped my thinking, integrating past with new insight.
Godly Kingship by Jacqueline Rose. Rose studies the range of Erastian views persisting through the Restoration, much originating from Henrician law. Interesting are opinions co-extensive to the nation– be it ‘crown-in-parliament’ or the Henrician use of lay “elders” (e.g., Cromwell) to enforce royal prerogative. Sacerdotal Supremacy is likewise examined. An excellent book on CoE-Erastianism. Purchase.
Constitutional Royalism by David Smith. Smith examines the ideological commitments of moderate royalists during the Long Parliament thru the Civil War, outlining a loyalist Whiggery. The last two chapters cover the Restoration and the re-ascendancy of Whig influence before William & Mary. Smith’s political analysis is detailed, but a wide grasp of royal Whiggism is provided. Purchase
Expansion of England by John R. Seeley. Seeley’s lectures ponder the English Empire’s future, advocating the keeping of a “Greater Britain” by common culture and race rather than mere Imperial power. Obviously, American Federalism weighs greatly in Seeley’s thought, providing a model not only for a Civil but, equally probable, an Ecclesiastical Commonwealth centered around London. Purchase
Builders of Empire by Jessica Harland-Jacobs. Jacobs examines the rise of Masonry in conjunction with the making of the second Empire, giving much insight into the gradual shaping of Masonry into a Protestant loyal order and its positive contribution. to the Anglican interest. The book avoids speculative pitfalls typical of the genre and is a sober, historical treatment of an otherwise difficult subject. Purchase
The Free Church of England by John Fenwick. The Rt. Rev. Fenwick provides a historical account of the Free Church (FCE)— its “methodistic” origins and later retrieval of Anglican heritage through Reformed Episcopals. Given Canterbury’s recognition of FCE orders, Fenwick’s book is a great read for those looking for a relation to England without the questionable mediation of Africa or ECUSA . Purchase
Catholic Evangelical Papers by William Muhlenberg. Among Protestant unity schemes, Muhlenberg’s ranks the most ingenious and practical. The Papers urge liturgical brevity, variety, and flexibility. These ideas find their way into later revisions of the American BCP, proving the 1928’s evangelical and (protestant) ecumenical basis. Download
Foundation for Revival by Scott Kisker. Kisker stresses the “Anglo-” foundations of Methodism, examining Horneck’s making of religious societies prior to Wesley. Kisker credits Pietism to early Puritanism, exported to Amsterdam & the Halle, and then back again to England. The discipline and goals of the societies are explained prior to their absorption into Wesley’s ‘new methodism’ . Purchase
The Christian Monitors by Brent Sirota. An excellent resource on the Williamite clergy and their free societies. The Episcopal bench from 1680 to 1715 was responsible for introducing a program of pastoral reform that would give birth to great voluntary bodies like SPCK and Wesleyan Methodism. Incidentally, it’s from this milieu Americans would revise their Prayer Book, so Sirota is vital. Purchase.
The Early Methodist Class Meeting by David Watson. Watson studies the structure and organization of the early class meetings. Originally intended for the collection of love-offerings, the class meeting quickly evolved into the basis of Methodist organization. Watson details the lay-mechanics of Methodism as it expected to purify the Church through a network of covenanted groups. Purchase
John Wesley in America by Geordan Hammond. The young-Wesley was deeply influenced by non-juroring Anglicanism, experimenting with primitive Usages while in Georgia. Hammond describes the intercourse between Wesley and English Jacobites– from Wesley’s work with SPG to the writing of his Sunday Services, downplaying Aldersgate in favor of Savannah. Purchase.
Predestination, Policy and Polemic by Peter White. White debunks Prynne’s claim that a Calvinist consensus existed in the Church of England prior to Charles I, reviewing early-Calvinist nuances and England’s wish to avoid confessional hardening. This book clarifies the CoE’s actual soteriology in relation to Dort and late-Reformed politics– a must read for self-professed Anglo-calvinists. Purchase.
Atonement and Justification by Alan Clifford. Clifford claims the soteriological debates following the Restoration distorted an earlier Calvinism which approved limited election alongside universal atonement. This orthodoxy can be found prior to Owen’s systematization, accurately continued by Richard Baxter. Clifford suggests moderates like Baxter represented the true confessional norm in England, perhaps close to Amyrauldism. Purchase.
The Elect Methodists by David C. Jones. This book on the rise of the Calvinist Methodists ought to be read as a compendium and pre-history to Fenwick’s text (above). Jones compares Welsh and English methodism, admitting the short-comings of Whitefield’s celebrity while praising the largely unknown labors of Countess Selena and Howell Harris. Nonetheless, Wesley’s organizational genius overtook. Howell Harris’s ultimate retreat to the Trevecca religious community is a fascinating footnote. Purchase
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