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Excerpt from The Puritans, Vol. 1 of 3: Or the Church, Court, and Parliament of England, During the Reigns of Edward Vi, and Queen ElizabethI am pleased to learn that you are to take in hand the reproduction of that able and attractive work, TheMoreExcerpt from The Puritans, Vol. 1 of 3: Or the Church, Court, and Parliament of England, During the Reigns of Edward Vi, and Queen ElizabethI am pleased to learn that you are to take in hand the reproduction of that able and attractive work, The Puritans and Queen Elizabeth. The period treated of in that history is worthy of special attention as the era of a second Reformation.The Reformation by Luther had for its central idea justification by faith. The result of this, fully carried out, is freedom from priestly domination. It makes salvation free, and religion spiritual, bringing each man into direct personal relation to God for the forgiveness of sin, and for salvation. By making Christ the only priest, it puts an end to earthly priesthoods, and to priestly interposition- and by making salvation depend on what Christ has done and suffered, it puts an end to superstitious observances. As related to salvation and its method, this Reformation was primary and central.But of the second Reformation the central idea is the supreme authority of the Scriptures in all that pertains to the constitution of the Church, and to external forms of worship. Fully carried out this would lead to religious freedom, and to the separation of Church and State.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.