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By G. J. R. Parry

This ebook bargains with the idea of William Harrison, a well known Elizabethan highbrow, whose principles are major mainly simply because they can be consultant of the thoroughgoing Protestantism which tailored continental reformed rules to the conditions of Tudor England. The booklet explains how the mentality of Harrison, a university-trained Protestant, finds a coherent worldview established upon a specific view of heritage which he utilized to many components of latest situation: the full reformation of the church, the development of society, the elimination of monetary injustice, the reorientation of useful lifestyles and the restraint of the damaging hypothesis present in common philosophy. Dr Parry attracts upon a special and formerly unknown manuscript resource, Harrison's interpretation of global heritage, which supplies surprisingly unique information regarding how one person interpreted the area.

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The * profound writer' and * divine poete' Orpheus, for example, had not only seen * the Hebrewe theology either in Egypt or in Palestine and redde the 5 Bookes of Moses', but just as importantly, 'sondri prophecies of Christ and such other treatizes as his predecessors had written before touching the knowledge of God and creation of the World'. To this extent Orpheus was as well-equipped as the prophets to discover the lineaments of true doctrine by submitting his reason to revelation, by creatively using this inherited knowledge to go beyond what he had learned and interpret all phenomena by Scriptural criteria, rejecting error and embracing truth.

80 The general formulas of the Natural Law found amongst the Gentiles had to be distinguished both from the 'ius gentium' and the 'ius civile' since the latter represented the faithless distortion of Elect knowledge transmitted to the Gentiles, for 'very many of their common judgements imitate the depraved affections of our nature and not our laws'. The inability of the Gentiles to apply basic Natural Law precepts to the whole of their experience merely underlined the limitations of human reason and emphasised that uncorrupted Natural Law could only be found in the Scriptures, where the covenant line penetrated to its deepest meanings under the influence of grace.

Harrison suggested that Israel went awhoring after false gods only when those who ' had seene the workes of the Lorde in the delivery died, after whose deathes, the people, thinking themselves at liberty as shepe without a shepherde, forgate their promise made to Joshua not long before his death'. 53 So Harrison clearly perceived that Israel's prosperity depended upon a clear understanding of the historical evidence of God's immanence and supreme power, and the utilisation of that insight in obeying God's will and adhering to true doctrine.

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