Tagged: Church books

InvenCaP Blog – Reformation Principles and the Puritan Church Books of the 1650s 0

InvenCaP Blog – Reformation Principles and the Puritan Church Books of the 1650s

By Mark Burden Although they have been widely consulted by church historians and historians of religion, the role played by Puritan church records of the 1650s in the furtherance of personal, church, and national reformation has rarely...

InvenCaP Blog – A Spur to Lukewarm Spirits: The ‘Proceedings Book of Meetings in East Devon, chiefly at Loughwood, 1653-1795’ 0

InvenCaP Blog – A Spur to Lukewarm Spirits: The ‘Proceedings Book of Meetings in East Devon, chiefly at Loughwood, 1653-1795’

By Rachel Adcock On 14 February 1654 the Baptist church that would later meet regularly at Loughwood, East Devon, gathered at nearby Kilmington and recorded the first entry in what is now known and catalogued in the...

InvenCaP Blog – The Church Records of White’s Alley, London – (2) – Disciplinary Cases and the Interpretation of Non-Attendance Figures 0

InvenCaP Blog – The Church Records of White’s Alley, London – (2) – Disciplinary Cases and the Interpretation of Non-Attendance Figures

By Mark Burden In recent times, historians have quite correctly expressed reservations about the wide–spread assumption that a family’s non–attendance at a parish church might indicate their support for dissent. However, little attention has been paid to...

InvenCaP Blog – The church records of White’s Alley, London – (1) – Principles and Pastors 0

InvenCaP Blog – The church records of White’s Alley, London – (1) – Principles and Pastors

By Mark Burden Despite having been almost completely ignored by historians, the records of the General Baptist church at White’s Alley in London, 1681-1714 provide one of the fullest sets of disciplinary cases surviving for a dissenting...

InvenCaP Blog – Forgotten Voices from the Lothbury Square Church Book: Baptist Wives and their Jewish Christian Husbands 0

InvenCaP Blog – Forgotten Voices from the Lothbury Square Church Book: Baptist Wives and their Jewish Christian Husbands

By Mark Burden In a previous blog, ‘Sabbatarianism, Literary Form, and the Lothbury Square Church Book’, I explored various misconceptions which have arisen from historians’ interpretations of the so-called More-Chamberlen church book of 1652-4 (Bodleian Library Rawlinson...

InvenCaP Blog – Sabbatarianism, Literary Form, and the Lothbury Square Church Book (1652-4) 0

InvenCaP Blog – Sabbatarianism, Literary Form, and the Lothbury Square Church Book (1652-4)

By Mark Burden Debates about the relationship between Baptist doctrines, church practices, and literary forms have tended to centre around key texts such as Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, and have often been expressed in rather blunt and monolithic...

InvenCaP Blog – What Did Seventeenth-Century Dissenters Call Themselves? Evidence from Early Church Books 0

InvenCaP Blog – What Did Seventeenth-Century Dissenters Call Themselves? Evidence from Early Church Books

By Mark Burden At the Dissenting Experience conference on ‘Scandal, Controversy, Persecution: Shaping Dissenting Identities’ at Dr Williams’s Library (14 November 2015), John Coffey delivered a paper in which he examined why seventeenth-century Baptists appear to have...

InvenCaP Blog – Church Books and their Copies 0

InvenCaP Blog – Church Books and their Copies

By Mark Burden I am pleased to report that InvenCaP’s initial survey of dissenting records in national and local record offices is now complete. During this early stage of the project it has been important to consider...

InvenCaP Blog – What is a Dissenting Church Book? 0

InvenCaP Blog – What is a Dissenting Church Book?

By Mark Burden On 27 December 1821 the dissenting antiquarian Benjamin Hanbury supplemented his recent transcription of the eighteenth-century register of Isaac Watts’s church with a description of the original manuscript. This source text had been placed...