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Rescuing Scripture from Popery, Reclaiming Mystery from Presbytery: Antitrinitarian Theology and Trajectory of Paul Best and John Biddle

Paul C. H. Lim

in Mystery Unveiled

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195339468
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979097 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195339468.003.0001

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

Rescuing Scripture from Popery, Reclaiming Mystery from Presbytery: Antitrinitarian Theology and Trajectory of Paul Best and John Biddle

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This chapter introduces the context of the discussions in this book and offers textual analysis of the two leading anti-Trinitarian writers in mid-seventeenth-century England: Paul Best and John Biddle. It advances a thesis that Trinitarian theology in seventeenth-century England simply cannot be understood without the foil of Biddle and Best, around and against which numerous trinitarians defended the sacred mystery and key fundamentum of Christianity: the doctrine of the Trinity. Both Best (1590–1657) and Biddle (1616–1662) lived through, indeed were active participants in, the tumultuous decades of the 1640s and 1650s, during which various experiments in ecclesiological reconfiguration, doctrinal reformulation, and political reorganizing were taking place, all with the hoped-for telos of completing the Reformation in view.

Keywords: anti-Trinitarian writers; Paul Best; John Biddle; Trinitarian theology; Christianity; Trinity; Reformation

Chapter.  24068 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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