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PRELATE. The name of an ecclesiastical officer. There are two orders of prelates; the first is composed of bishops, and the second, of abbots, generals of orders, deans, &c.

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My objective in this article is to build upon Lewalski's observation and explore the parable of the talents contextually in relation to the prelacy controversy of the 1640s and rhetorically as Miltons device for describing the labor of reformation.
The puritans examined by Gribben are defined more traditionally as those who sought reform within the established church; all of them, however, from James Ussher to George Gillespie to John Milton, departed in some way or another from accepted puritan tenets, such as opposition to prelacy or an affiliation with Calvinism.
In other respects, it consolidated the best of what the Long Parliament had fought for, and anticipated much that would be enshrined in the Revolutionary Settlement from 1689 onward, except that its broad toleration did not extend to `popery or prelacy'.
We resist "prelacy," especially bishops, preferring temporary leaders for our courts whose sole job it is to moderate hot debates.
Like Martin Mar-Prelate, the well-known sobriquet of an anti-episcopal dissident in Shakespeare's day, Shakespeare was a pseudonym that addressed the chief realm of the writer's attention: in Mar-Prelate's case, his focal point was the prelacy of the Anglican Church; in Shakespeare's case, it was the theater.
His prelacy in conservatism is commonly recognized; yet, as Harold Laski says, Burke also gives 'deep comfort to men of liberal temper.'" Chapman, Burke: Practical Imagination, p.
This hope is splendidly fulfilled here in a study that takes the separate tenets of Wycliffite teaching (confession, the eucharist, predestination, saints, Scripture, the Church, the papacy and prelacy, religious orders, and so on) and shows how these ideas are expressed or implied at various points in the sermons, citing detailed parallels in Wyclif's writings.
antichrist: 'the curses of popes are the blessings of God' (97)), prelacy, priests, and sects (monks, friars, canons, and the pope and his clerks, all beset by avarice), lords and kings ('knights savour the gospel and want to read it in English' (157)), dominion, temporalities ('Lords have a duty to disendow, just as Christ cleansed the temple' (167)), and persecution.
Accordingly, twenty-two inhabitants of Caddington petitioned the House of Lords that `since by the last oath and covenant prelacy is extirpated', the ground rents formerly paid to the dean and chapter, some 62 [pounds sterling] in all, should now be allotted to Firmin and his successors.(95) All the leading opponents of the enclosure agreement, including Birchmore, Gazeley, East, Perrott and Whitley, were numbered among the signatories.
These satires were commissioned by an anxious prelacy in response to the Puritan-authored "Martin Marprelate" tracts, anonymous pamphlets that had begun appearing on the London streets in 1589.
The issues are the familiar ones of confession, the Eucharist, predestination, the Bible, preaching, human laws, the Church, papacy, prelacy, priesthood, religious orders, secular authority, pilgrimage, images, saints, indulgences, the Despenser crusade, and persecution, set against a backdrop of the Great Schism and the machinations of Antichrist, as the source of the disordered times.
Arguably political nationalism, whether in its separatist or devolutionist forms, has filled a void created by ecumenism, which makes it unseemly to speak roughly of prelacy or popery, and by religious indifference.