WHAT WAS THE IMPACT OF THE TOLERATION ACT (1689) AND THE END OF ANGLICAN SUPREMACY?

Why was the Toleration Act passed? (1689)
A compromise for Tory/Anglican demands for uniformity throughout England.
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What were the terms of the Toleration Act?
Dissenters were exempt from punishment if they swore allegiance to the Anglican Church under the 1678 Test Act. They were not expected to attend Anglican Church, and groups like the Quakers were allowed to grow.
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What was the reaction to the Toleration Act in the Commons?
The Whigs wanted church officials to swear an oath to William and Mary (400 refused and were deprived of their livings). Therefore, Whigs attacked the Tories and High Church Clergy and accused them of being more loyal to James.
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Who was excluded from the Toleration Act?
Non-Trinitarians and Jews- although those who did not swear allegiance to the Anglican Church still could not hold public office etc.
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How could it be argued that the confessional state was undermined?
Catholics enjoyed a reasonable degree of freedom, William used his royal authority to influence JPs to be nice to Catholics- CofE could no longer enforce uniformity.
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How could it be argued that the confessional state was upheld?
Public officials were still duty-bound to swear allegiance to the Church, Toleration Acts were also enforced in Scotland and Ireland, so there was no opportunity to participate in local/national government.
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Dissenters were exempt from punishment if they swore allegiance to the Anglican Church under the 1678 Test Act. They were not expected to attend Anglican Church, and groups like the Quakers were allowed to grow.

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Who was excluded from the Toleration Act?

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