Propagating the Gospel

Glanmor Williams

in The Foundations of Modern Wales

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780192852786
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670565 | DOI:

Series: History of Wales

Propagating the Gospel

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This chapter describes the religious life of Wales during the revolutionary years. During the reign of James I, the Welsh have been described in Parliament as ‘an idolatrous nation and worshippers of Devils’. The London merchants, many of them Welshmen, were induced to enter the mission field by financing philanthropic schemes to help the poor and needy, and by publishing Bibles and popular devotional books in Welsh. Charles' absolutism and Laud's authoritarianism became twin symbols of the evils of Antichrist. On February 22, 1650, Parliament passed the Act for Better Propagation and Preaching of the Gospel in Wales. The Act relevant to Wales closely followed the recommendations for church reform which had been advocated in Hugh Peter's A Word for the Armie (1647). This chapter further describes the revolutionary years as decades of experiment and idealism. During twenty years of ‘blood and confusion’, Welsh Puritans had struggled to overthrow Antichrist, reform society, and win men's souls.

Keywords: religious life; revolutionary years; James I; parliament; philanthropic schemes; Bibles; antichrist; Act for Better Propagation; Wales; Puritans

Chapter.  19104 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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