Loosed by Benjamin Hoadly, appointed to the bishopric of Bangor in 1715. The following year he launched an attack on the non‐jurors. In 1717 he preached a sermon, in which he adopted an extreme position—that Christ had not vested authority in any secular persons, that private judgement was sacrosanct, and that sincerity of belief was the ultimate test. Hoadly appeared to his opponents to open the floodgates to religious anarchy. The revival of religious controversy was extremely unwelcome to Whig ministers and when the matter was raised in the lower house of convocation, that body was hastily prorogued, not to meet again until 1852.
Subjects: British History — Christianity.