Lake 's Assertion Of Religious Conflict

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Lake’s assertion that religious conflict in early Stuart England was the result of a pursuit of traditional conformity by the Puritans holds true to a large extent. In the earlier half of the 17th Century, the Puritans have consistently sought for reforms to make changes to the English Church, with an unfaltering insistence of removing any perceived popish practices to create church in the model of a more traditional Calvinism. He should not, however, go as far as to proclaim that there was no ‘rise of Arminianism’ as there was indeed an ostensible influx of Arminianism during the reign of Charles I. Arminianism did burgeoned steadily, especially under the quasi-Catholic policies of Charles I and innovations that William Laud brought to the Church. However, with or without the antagonistic ideological differences of Arminianism and Calvinism, there was always the constant seeking of reforms by the Puritans, to move as far away from Catholicism as possible. The introduction of Arminianism merely ‘created a politically assertive Puritanism '. The fear that Arminian practices would force the English Church towards a more Catholic-liked system invoked fear amongst the Puritans resulting in a ‘call for more sweeping changes’. The Puritans wanted change before any major form of Arminianism took shape and with the latter’s increasing influence from the 1620s, puritans simply became more aggressive in seeking reforms. The accession of James I in 1603 saw the Millenary
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