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A Protestant Vision: William Harrison and the Reformation of by G. J. R. Parry

By G. J. R. Parry

This publication offers with the idea of William Harrison, a well known Elizabethan highbrow, whose principles are major mainly simply because they can be consultant of the thoroughgoing Protestantism which tailored continental reformed principles to the conditions of Tudor England. The booklet explains how the mentality of Harrison, a university-trained Protestant, unearths a coherent worldview dependent upon a specific view of historical past which he utilized to many parts of up to date quandary: the full reformation of the church, the development of society, the removing of financial injustice, the reorientation of useful lifestyles and the restraint of the harmful hypothesis present in average philosophy. Dr Parry attracts upon a distinct and formerly unknown manuscript resource, Harrison's interpretation of global historical past, which supplies surprisingly precise information regarding how one person interpreted the realm.

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The fact that time constituted the order in which God granted realisation to prophecy in order to produce a final outcome may have been a partial key to the whole process, but without knowledge of the divine promises meditation on historical events alone could not reveal God's aims. For that reason Harrison strove to hold fast to the doctrinal revelation of the covenant line. The modern argument that the Bible details a sequence of * ideographic' events, each with a complex of meanings exceeding the sum of its details, overlooks the fact that Protestants believed that those details expressed a prior revelation.

Like Joshua, the covenant line of prophets received the power to interpret contemporary events in the light of God's actions in Israel's past, and on that basis chastised contemporary sins by the threat of future punishment. 55 53 T C D M S 165, fo. 471:, and Joshua 24. 54 B o m a n , Hebrew Thought, p. 171; Reid, Authority of Scripture, p. 180. 55 Albrektson, History and the Gods, pp. 118, 121. The Two Churches 23 This prior revelation by the covenant line thus delimited the complex of meanings which could be drawn from their own actions or indeed any Scriptural event, and eventually, in Harrison's thought, this conditioned the interpretation of the whole of history.

6r. 50 This inheritance had an important impact on Harrison's historical understanding. Most obviously, in his eyes it gave history a teleological dynamic, for history only existed to give realisation to prophecy. Time also acquired for him a dynamic quality which it does not have for us, because being coterminous with history it shared its purposes. Therefore Harrison felt justified in perceiving the divine will manifested in chronology, and especially its mysterious parallels, patterns and rhythms, as we shall see below.

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