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Could someone who had joined a monastery decide to leave?

In principle, they were not supposed to leave their order because they took a vow for life. In practice, some did leave, and some were subsequently readmitted. However, the time period covered here is ...
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Were religious people in the 13 colonies more likely to be loyalists?

What a cool dilemma!! How fortunate to have a student who engages that deeply. I'm not immediately aware of any statistical summaries of loyalist vs patriot. (Aside: I'm going to collect some ...
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Why are church reformist centers all outside the boundary of the original Roman Empire?

Consider the Church of England as a counterexample, or for that matter Calvin in Geneva. If you look for a simplistic explanation, look not at Roman borders but at the political weakness of the Holy ...
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Could someone who had joined a monastery decide to leave?

"Decide to leave" was always an option to consider. And one could do that, of course. Just do that. But it seems the question is more about the obstacles and costs that may be associated ...
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What was the motivation for the Church of England to begin recording births, marriages and deaths in 1538?

The parish registers were introduced mainly because Thomas Cromwell had found that they were in common use in the rest of Europe and according to the sources cited by the related wikipedia article, ...
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Were religious people in the 13 colonies more likely to be loyalists?

There's a really interesting book called "God Against the Revolution: The Loyalist Clergy's Case Against the American Revolution" by Gregg L. Frazer. In it he says: Contrary to popular ...
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Were religious people in the 13 colonies more likely to be loyalists?

The student makes a good point that having left England to seek religious freedom in the colonies might be expected to incline people away from the Loyalist position. Likewise, to a lesser extent, ...
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Why were cobblers so radical?

Cobblers were workmen whose customers wore shoes, and therefore traveled more than most others (only a few people wore shoes in the Middle Ages). By definition, these were the few people that "got ...
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How were expelled ministers "witnessed" during the Great Ejection of 1662?

"Confessor" is a technical term in this context. It normally means "a person who suffered for the faith, but not death" -- as opposed to the cited "martyr" who did ...
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Why are church reformist centers all outside the boundary of the original Roman Empire?

the church reformist centers are virtually all outside the original Roman Empire That is not really true. The oldest reformist or heretic movements appeared within former Roman territories, like the ...
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What differentiates a priest, a clerk, a capellanus, a subdeacon and a rector?

I'm no expert, but will attempt a partial answer - first, the educational qualifications refer to:- BA - Bachelor of Arts MA - Master of Arts (traditionally awarded automatically to Oxford graduates ...
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Why are Luther's 95 Theses seen as so important?

The 95 Theses (e) do not only address indulgence and indulgences! First of all, to avoid a possible confusion, the word indulgences, is a difficult word to understand correctly here. In terms of the ...
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Late 17th century colonial Anglican pastor

John and Charles Wesley were Anglican pastors who made a somewhat similar trip to the Americas about 40 years later than your designated time. However, they may be somewhat useful models in that they ...
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Martin Luther's 95 Theses

The de.wikipedia has dedicated a whole section to the historicity of this incident. In the introduction: Die Historizität des Thesenanschlags, bei dem Luther seine 95 Thesen am 31. Oktober 1517 ...
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When, and where, was the word 'Anglican' first used in the context of the Protestant Church of England?

The most recent (third) edition of the OED cites 1598 as the earliest English-language reference for "Anglican". The quotation is as follows: 1598 King James VI & I in D. Calderwood True Hist....
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Representative early Anglican hymns?

You are out of luck for all but the very end of the period you describe. Congregational hymn singing was strongly frowned upon in the Anglican Church until popularized by Isaac Watts (1674-1748) in ...
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When, and where, was the word 'Anglican' first used in the context of the Protestant Church of England?

The OED (first edition) attests the first use to a letter dated Aug. 25, 1635, to a Dr. B. from James Howell and collected in his Familiar Letters on Important Subjects, published 1650. (Letter XLVIII)...
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How were expelled ministers "witnessed" during the Great Ejection of 1662?

Britannica.com describes a witness in the Christian sense as: a person totally given to God and his fellow men. There are three elements in this Christian witness: message, signs to convince, divine ...
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Who was the youngest archbishop ever?

And here is the first answer to my question, the age at becoming archbishop that other answers will have to beat. Alexander Stewart, an illegitimate son of King James IV of Scotland,was born about ...
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Could someone who had joined a monastery decide to leave?

This depends on the reason why the person was living in a monastery. Often monasteries were used as prisons explicitly. Some people were simply forbidden leaving, this often happened with people who ...
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Why are church reformist centers all outside the boundary of the original Roman Empire?

Is it a coincidence that the church reformist centers are virtually all outside the original Roman Empire border, the Roman Limes ? No. It is not. It is by no means some sort of mere coincidence that ...
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What was the biggest region in the Holy Roman Empire that was never Protestant, if any?

Short Answer: The Holy Roman Empire was larger than you might think, even in 1789, and included lands in France and Italy that might possibly never have had any Protestant clergy. There were many ...
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