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Policing the Borders, or, How Independent Ministers Rode the Canonical Range

David F. Holland

in Sacred Borders

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199753611
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753611.003.0002

Series: Religion in America

Policing the Borders, or, How Independent Ministers Rode the Canonical Range

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This chapter opens with a discussion of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer and explores the reasons why Puritans criticized the book as a violation of the closed canon. It considers the role of Puritan ministers as modern-day prophets, the etymology of canon and its philological solutions to the contradictions of Puritanism, the role of Puritan confessions in defining the canon, and the relationship between Puritans' providentialism and their views of the scriptural canon. It shows how important the closed canon was in shaping virtually every aspect of ministerial culture within New England Congregationalism.

Keywords: canon; Book of Common Prayer; Puritans; Protestant Confessions; providentialism; Anne Hutchinson; Increase Mather; strict interpretation

Chapter.  13573 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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