Westminster Assembly

(3875 words)
  • Chad Van Dixhoorn (University of Cambridge)

Historical Context Essay

The Westminster assembly took its name from the abbey in which it met from 1643-1653. The assembly, comprised of one hundred and twenty theologians and thirty members of parliament, had been summoned by the Long Parliament and was known to British and Irish contemporaries as “the assembly of divines”, and to foreign observors as “the synod of London”.

Called to reform the doctrine, liturgy, and discipline of the Church of England, the gathering had its hand in one of the most significant revolutions in the history of that church. For decades the English parliament had been expressing its discontent, and then its resentment, with the growth and perceived abuse of episcopal power. James VI and I and Charles I…

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Van Dixhoorn, Chad. "Westminster Assembly". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 December 2010
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=13891, accessed 06 July 2015.]

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