"In so much glory": the Laudian defence of the Elizabethan Settlement

Peter Heylyn concludes his Ecclesia restaurata (1660) with a review of the early years of Elizabeth's reign, praising the Elizabethan Settlement and identifying the Puritan party as seeking to overthrow it.  This demonstrates the conservative nature of Laudianism, rejoicing in the "glory" of the reformed ecclesia Anglicana, and defending the Elizabethan Settlement against an agitation which sought to overturn a settled order and polity:

By this last Act the Church is strongly setled on her natural pillars of Doctrine, Government and Worship, not otherwise to have been shaken, than by the blind zeal of all such furious Sampsons as were resolved to pull it on their own heads, rather than suffer it to stand in so much glory. And here it will be time to conclude this History, having taken a brief view of the State of the Church, with all the abberrations from its first constitution as it stood at this time, when the Puritan faction had began to disturb her Order ... 

Thus have we seen the Church established on a sure foundation the Doctrine built upon the Prophets and Apostles, according to the explication of the ancient Fathers; the Government truly Apostolical, and (in all essential parts thereof) of Divine institution; the Liturgy an extract of the Primitive forms; the Ceremonies few, but necessary, and such as tended only to the preservation of decency, and increase of piety. And we have seen the first Essays of the Puritan faction, beginning low at Caps and Surplices, and Episcopal habits; but aiming at the highest points; the alteration of the Government both in Church and State, the adulterating of the Doctrine, and the subversion of the Liturgy and form of worship here by Law established. 


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