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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ... BOOK III. HISTORY OF UNIVERSALISM IN ENGLAND CONTINUED; ITS CON- DEMNATION BY THE PARLIAMENT: AND NOTICES OF ITS DEFENDERS DURING THIS PERIOD. [From the reign of Elizabeth to that of Queen Ann; A. D. 1560 to 1700.] Rise of the Puritans; Presbyterianism introduced and Church of England abolished; Rise of the Independents; Spiritual conflicts of the sects; Cruel statutes passed by the Presbyterians in Parliament; The cruelty of Parliament does not check alleged heresy; Gerard Winstanley defends Universalism; Wm, Earbury, the Independent; Notice of his works; Richard Coppin defends Universalism; Is indicted and tried at Worcester and Oxford; Is indicted and tried at Gloucester; He disputes in the Cathedral at Rochester, Kent; He is imprisoned; Anonymous works in defence of Universalism; Work entitled, " Considerations upon Eternity;" Character and tolerant measures of Cromwell: He dies, and the restoration and Act of Uniformity ensue; Sir Henry Vane (the younger), aUniversalist; Rev. Jeremy White, Chaplain to the Protector, a Universalist; White's work on the Restoration of all things; His excellent character; Anonymous work on Universalism; R. Stafford's " Thoughts of the Life to come;" Other writers supposed to have been Universalists; Jane Leadley and the Philadelphian Society; Retrospection. EISE OF THE PURITANS. I. The prospects which dawned upon the Church of England in the commencement of Elizabeth's reign, were soon obscured by gathering clouds of discontent and schism. The queen, as "Supreme Head of the Church," claimed the prerogative to dictate to her subjects what religion they should profess, and what forms they should observe. This determination gave rise to that body of dissenters, denominated Puritans, who objected not only to the hig...
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