By Alec Ryrie, Natalie Mears
The Parish Church used to be the first web site of non secular perform in the course of the early sleek interval. This used to be quite so for the silent majority of the English inhabitants, who conformed outwardly to the successive non secular upheavals of the 16th and 17th centuries. What such public conformity may have intended has attracted much less consciousness - and, mockingly, is usually much less good documented - than the non-conformity or semi-conformity of recusants, church-papists, Puritan conventiclers or separatists. during this quantity, ten major students of early sleek faith discover the adventure of parish worship in England in the course of the Reformation and the century that it. because the individuals argue, parish worship during this interval used to be of severe theological, cultural or even political importance.The volume's key subject matters are the interlocking significance of liturgy, tune, the sermon and the parishioners' personal our bodies; the ways that non secular switch was once got, initiated, negotiated, embraced or subverted in neighborhood contexts; and the dialectic among perform and trust which helped to make either so contentious. The participants - historians, ancient theologians and literary students - via their dedication to an interdisciplinary method of the topic, supply fruitful and revealing insights into this intersection of personal and public worship.This assortment is a sister quantity to Martin and Ryrie (eds), deepest and family Devotion in Early smooth Britain. jointly those volumes concentration and force ahead scholarship at the lived adventure of early glossy faith, because it was once practised within the 16th and 17th centuries.