Cromwell's Religious Policies

British Monarchy: the Crisis of State, 1642-1689

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  • Cromwell's Religious Policy
    • Cromwell wanted religious toleration
      • Stemmed from his belief that Charles I and his bishops 'trampled' on people's consciences
      • However, toleration = not extended to Catholics or any sects that threatened Government
      • Religious toleration attacked from both sides
        • Conservatives thought his views = chaos
        • Sect members were still denied freedom
      • Jews readmitted into England
    • Aims
      • To have workable religious settlement that protected the liberty of Protestant sects
        • James Nayler Case showed contrast between Parliament and Cromwell's beliefs
      • To improve the quality of the parish clergy
      • Godly reformation
        • Major Generals = failure

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