Act of Toleration

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Historical Context Note

One of the fruits of the Glorious Revolution which brought William III to the throne, this act palliated the Conventicles Act of 1664 by allowing dissenters to meet in unlocked meeting houses which had been licensed by a bishop, provided the minister subscribed to the Thirty Nine articles (excepting those on church government and baptism). It constituted a compromise between James II's Declaration of Indulgence (1687, 1688) which had sought to grant toleration to all religions – Catholic and Protestant non-conformists of all hues – and the Williamite desire to maintain state control of religion via the Church of England, and to ensure the security of England as a protestant bastion against French catholicism. Catholic and …

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Editors. "Act of Toleration". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 September 2007
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