Jacobean Congregations and Controversies in Thomas Wilson's Christian Dictionary (1612)

Curtin, Kathleen
October 2010
Seventeenth Century;Autumn2010, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p197
Academic Journal
English minister Thomas Wilson's varied corpus of writings illustrates that teaching lay people how to read the Bible and understand sermons was one of his major pastoral goals. In his Christian Dictionary, Wilson uses 'fundamental' doctrines as keys to interpreting complex and controversial passages of Scripture in order to accommodate the Word to a diverse audience and defend himself against charges of heterodoxy. Wilson's writings, as well as his work as a minister, demonstrate that exegetical efforts to link words and meanings contributed to Jacobean struggles to define orthodox community.


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