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Authority's Advocate

Title: Authority's Advocate: Samuel Parker, Religion, and Politics in Restoration England.
Name(s): Jewell, Jason, author
Strait, Paul, professor directing dissertation
Kite-Powell, Jeffrey, outside committee member
Golden, Leon, committee member
Darst, David, committee member
Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2004
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Samuel Parker (1640-1688) was one of Restoration England's most significant religious controversialists, the writer of numerous pamphlets and books dealing with subjects on which learned opinion was completely polarized. His works attracted both praise and condemnation from many of England's most prominent figures, and there is little doubt that he helped frame the terms of debate on several religious issues. At the peak of his career, just before his death, he was both bishop of Oxford and president of Magdalen College, Oxford; his appointment to the latter post by King James II occasioned one of the most important episodes in the struggle between that monarch and the Church of England. Parker died about nine months prior to his royal patron's overthrow in the Revolution of 1688. This dissertation offers an interpretation of the career and writings of Samuel Parker. It concludes that Parker placed the concept of legitimate authority at the center of his political and social philosophy. Parker's concern was rooted in the desire, so prevalent among elites in the early modern period and particularly in Britain after the Interregnum, for a practical policy of ensuring social stability. Over a period of nearly twenty years, he developed a well-thought-out yet almost deceptively simple theoretical model of authority based on scripture, natural law, and historical precedent. This dissertation provides a detailed analysis of that model as found in Parker's writings. It also treats subordinate themes in Parker's works, such as the moralist concept of grace and the use of history as a polemical tool. In so doing, it offers a corrective to contemporary scholarship which frequently views Parker as a superficial thinker and timeserver in the Church of England.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3520 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Program in the Humanities in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2004.
Date of Defense: August 4, 2004.
Keywords: Political Thought, Church of England, Restoration England
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Paul Strait, Professor Directing Dissertation; Jeffrey Kite-Powell, Outside Committee Member; Leon Golden, Committee Member; David Darst, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Arts
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Jewell, J. (2004). Authority's Advocate: Samuel Parker, Religion, and Politics in Restoration England. Retrieved from