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Building a New Jerusalem$
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Francis J. Bremer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300179132

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300179132.001.0001

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Building a New Jerusalem

Francis J. Bremer

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This chapter describes how his induction as rector of St. Stephen's gave John Davenport some security for the first time in his life. The notebook in which he recorded his responses in the Oxford disputation also contains his engagement with a question that troubled many clergymen of his time, namely the issue of how believers were to receive the Lord's sacrament. Writing about the plague of 1665 that he himself had survived, the novelist Daniel Defoe captured some of the fear and panic which would have permeated Davenport's London as well. Church law required Davenport to administer baptism to all infants who were presented to him, using the rite provided in the Book of Common Prayer. Through these years, as he served St. Stephen's, he also became involved in campaigns to reform the national church and to support the international Protestant cause.

Keywords:   St. Stephen, John Davenport, Protestant, national church, campaigns, reform

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