Pilgrimage to Puritanism: History and Theology of the Marian Exiles at Geneva, 1555-1560
Johnson, Galen, Journal of Church and State
Pilgrimage to Puritanism: History and Theology of the Marian Exiles at Geneva, 1555-1560. By Dan G. Danner. New York: Peter Lang, 1999. 168 pp. np.
In Pilgrimage to Puritanism, Dan G. Danner of the University of Portland seeks to uncover to what degree English Protestants were "Puritans" before the first formal use of the term in 1563. From among the several hundred Protestants who took refuge in various cities on the continent during the reign of Mary Tudor, Danner focuses his study on the exiles in Geneva, for he contends that this group of refugees more than any other shaped Puritan theology after the ascension of Queen Elizabeth I. Danner's book spends little time explaining why these Protestants fled, assuming that those who would read this ninth volume of Peter Lang's "Studies in Church History" are well familiar with Mary's "bloody" rule. Instead, Danner introduces us to the exiles themselves, via the Register of the English Church at Geneva they left for posterity, and explains why the controversial character of some of them laid the foundation for the nonconformism with later reforms in the state church of England that only went as far as Elizabeth's Protestant-Catholic "middle way."
Even in their dispersion, the Marian exiles maintained a sense of corporate identity. Thus, when a particular group in Frankfurt wanted to amend the Prayer Book of Edward VI to be even more specifically Reformed along the line of Protestant Confessions on the continent, "the cleavage between the Frankfurt church and the other refugee churches was serious" (p. 29), for sometimes his biographical …
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Publication information: Article title: Pilgrimage to Puritanism: History and Theology of the Marian Exiles at Geneva, 1555-1560. Contributors: Johnson, Galen - Author. Journal title: Journal of Church and State. Volume: 41. Issue: 3 Publication date: Summer 1999. Page number: 611+. © 1999 J.M. Dawson Studies in Church and State. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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