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Saving souls or selling (virtual) godliness? The ‘penny godlinesses’ of John Andrewes and the problem of ‘popular puritanism’ in early Stuart England

Peter Lake

in Formal matters

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2013 | ISBN: 9780719085536
Published online January 2015 | e-ISBN: 9781781707173 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719085536.003.0010
Saving souls or selling (virtual) godliness? The ‘penny godlinesses’ of John Andrewes and the problem of ‘popular puritanism’ in early Stuart England

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Peter Lake tracks how the size, cost, and format of John Andrewes’s cheap religious pamphlets conditioned their approach to doctrinal content. In doing so, Lake resists the impulse to categorise all cheap print as ‘popular’ and therefore theologically unorthodox. John Andrewes, the so-called ‘market place theologian,’ is shown to struggle with some of the same paradoxes and tensions that motivate William Perkins’ more mainstream protestant writing, undermining false assumptions about the antagonism of popular and orthodox predestinarian religious thought.

Keywords: John Andrewes; Puritanism; Popularity; Print; Pamphlets

Chapter.  16172 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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