Knowing when to yield: Accommodation and discernment in Jeremiah Burroughs' Irenicum
LE3 .A278 2014
Master of Arts
Acadia Divinity College
This thesis offers a critical assessment of the principles for peaceful fellowship advanced by Jeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646) in a series of lectures on division and concord in the church, which were published in London in 1645 under the title Irenicum. The focus is on his moderating and conciliating principles and their theological justification. The concept of accommodation, as understood in the context of recent Pauline scholarship, is used to examine the central ideas grouped around the practice of “yielding” in Burroughs’ proposal. It is suggested that his Irenicum makes a contribution to discourse on ecclesial ethics, by offering a practical and scriptural framework for congregational discernment in times of conflict.
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