Religion and Society, 1600–1914

Sean Connolly

in Ulster Since 1600

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199583119
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744822 | DOI:
Religion and Society, 1600–1914

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The Reformation constitutes one of the great, if ragged’ dividing lines in modern European history. Though affecting Ireland later than many European societies, it was clear by the 1630s that the distinction between natives and colonists, between protestants and Catholics had assumed an enduring quality. This chapter traces a range of reform tendencies within the major churches, as religious leaders and elders sought to impose greater discipline on recalcitrant clergymen and their sometimes unruly congregations. In terms of Catholicism this culminated in the Devotional Revolution of the second half of the nineteenth century. Evangelical fervour marked the Anglican tradition from the late eighteenth century onwards, while Presbyterianism found itself subject to periodic secessions on the grounds of theological orthodoxy. If anything, these revivals sharpened religious animosities in nineteenth-century Ireland.

Keywords: reformation; religion; church; evangelical revival; devotional revolution; theology; clergy; sectarianism; colonist

Chapter.  8082 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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