‘Subscribe or Starve’: The Subscription Controversy and its Consequences


in Religion and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century England

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269427
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683640 | DOI:
‘Subscribe or Starve’: The Subscription Controversy and its Consequences

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This chapter examines the subscription controversy in England during the late 1700s and its religious consequences. The second round of debate was initiated by William Samuel Powell in a commencement sermon at Saint John's College in 1757 in which he appealed to the imperfect nature of anything man-made and to the need for a regulatory measure to be enforced against those who sought to destroy man-made institutions. He also declared that the legacy of history had procured a doctrinal ease for believers which was best shaped by adherence to the Thirty-Nine Articles.

Keywords: subscription controversy; England; William Samuel Powell; Thirty-Nine Articles; religious history

Chapter.  13898 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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