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“My Constitution is Constellated for Any Meridian”

Travis Glasson

in Mastering Christianity

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199773961
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919017 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773961.003.0002
“My Constitution is Constellated for Any Meridian”

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This chapter explores the origins and trans-Atlantic institutional structure of the SPG. The Society’s grew out of the wider voluntary society movement that accompanied the revival of the Church of England after the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Both its members and its missionaries reflected an array of Anglican opinion on the religious and political questions of the day. The Society had a particularly Atlantic footprint in the eighteenth century that promoted the extensive circulation of people, texts, and ideas. The institutional weakness of colonial Anglicanism – an episcopal church without bishops – gave the SPG’s members an enduring role in steering the church abroad. This, combined with the prominent roles that many members had in metropolitan political and intellectual life, gave the Society’s interactions with slaves wider importance for British and colonial culture.

Keywords: Thomas Bray; voluntary societies; Atlantic; network; correspondence; bishops

Chapter.  10460 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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