Doctrinal Controversy

Nicholas Hudson

in Samuel Johnson and Eighteenth-Century Thought

Published in print June 1990 | ISBN: 9780198112143
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670671 | DOI:

Series: Oxford English Monographs

Doctrinal Controversy

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This chapter discusses doctrinal controversy, including the 1739 controversy on perfectionism that Samuel Johnson had some incidental connection. This debate involved Law's doctrine, but the Church of England was also forced to give official notice that perfection, understood in a particular way, must be the objective of all good Christians. As such, perfectionism became a major issue with the rise of Methodism in the late 1730s.

Keywords: doctrinal controversy; 1739 controversy; Samuel Johnson; Law's doctrine; Church of England; perfection; Christians; Methodism; perfectionism

Chapter.  12487 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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