Religious Disputation in Tudor England

Religious Disputation in Tudor England

Craig, Jr., Hardin

The Rice Institute Pamphlet, Volume 37, Number 1 (1950)


About 1590, in a little pamphlet entitled A petition directed to her most excellent maiestie, an unknown Puritan stated very briefly the basic principle of 16th century

religious controversy: “Howe trueth should come to light, that is the question.” He went on to say with Ecclesiastes that the writing of books is endless and a weariness to the flesh; he could wish for a free national conference, but he feared that the bishops would be not only participants but judges. He advocated another method, “namely priuate conferences by aduised writing, not extemporall speaking, the question agreed of.”  All arguments, replies, and re-joinders should be set down, and finally the proceedings should be published, “‘that your Maiestie, the honourable Councellours and Parliament may iudge thereof, that those thinges which on eyther parte are found fautie, may be redressed.” 

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