The English Bible and the Seventeenth Century Revolution

The English Bible and the Seventeenth Century Revolution

Christopher Hill


Social reformers, heresy hunters, political radicals, anti-Papists, Quakers, royalists, free-love advocates and physicians wanting to keep an eye on midwives all discovered help for his or her perspectives within the Bible in the course of England's progressive seventeenth century. The scriptures, as Hill demonstrates during this scholarly, usually colourful learn, permeated political and fiscal debates in addition to daily speech. previously grasp of Balliol collage, Oxford, Hill argues that the Bible, translated into vernacular English as early as 1534, "did way more sturdy than harm" as a consultant to quick motion, although a few humans used it as a justification for patriarchy and nationwide conceitedness. He strains the Bible's effect on John Milton, John Bunyan and Andrew Marvell and concludes with a dialogue of the Bible's "dethronement" as ultimate arbiter by means of the 1690s, a movement he deems a triumph of the human spirit.

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