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Author Throness, Laurie.

Title A Protestant purgatory : theological origins of the Penitentiary Act, 1779 / Laurie Throness
Published Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate Pub. Ltd., [2008]


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Description vi, 379 pages ; 24 cm
Contents The terror of the Lord -- Angels and judges -- God as temporal judge -- God as judge of nations -- God as judge through man -- God as judge through the oath -- God as eternal judge -- Hell and the sentence of time -- The intermediate state -- A time and place for spirits -- Images of spiritual prisons -- Of purgatory -- Places of waiting -- The invisible state -- Arrest and conveyance -- The keeper -- Horrid company -- Torments in the intermediate state -- The length and breadth of Hades -- Crossing the threshold -- The abominable fancy -- The royal clemency -- The extraction of grace -- More than a metaphor -- The great assize -- Building the Penitentiary -- The Convict Act -- Eden and friends -- Hospitals of mercy -- Preparing the Penitentiary Act -- Ergastulum or penitentiary? -- Adam's doom -- The fatal floodgate -- A criminal named Adam -- The beginning of work -- The adjacent country -- The make weight -- Taking the kingdom by violence -- The reassertion of original sin -- The man in the wooden cage -- The reality of depravity -- Regeneration's promise -- Retirement and the pastoral ideal -- The strife of tongues -- The man in the wooden cage -- Reflection and the conscience -- Solitude's space -- Solitude for the uncondemned -- An intermediate space -- The measure of sin -- Redeeming the time -- The hazard of a death-bed repentance -- Extending time -- Last words -- A question of evidence -- A contrite heart -- The production of sorrow -- Proportion and time -- Penance and time
Summary "The book offers a scholarly account of the passage of the Penitentiary Act of 1779, combining meticulous attention to detail with a sweeping theological overview of the century prior to the Act. But it is not just an intellectual history. It tells a fascinating story of a broader religious movement, and the people and beliefs that motivated them to create a new institution. The work is original because it relies so completely on original sources. It is mystical because it mingles heavenly with earthly justice. It is authoritative because of its explanatory power. Its anecdotes and insights, poetry and song, provide intriguing glimpses into another era strangely familiar to our own." "Of special interest to social and legal historians, criminologists, and theologians, this work will also appeal to a wider audience of those who are interested in Christianity's impact on Western culture institutions."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [301]-[366]) and index
Subject Church of England -- Doctrines.
Church of England -- Influence.
Christianity and law -- Church of England
Correctional law -- England -- History -- 18th century.
Imprisonment -- Religious aspects -- Protestant churches.
Law (Theology)
Prisons -- England -- History -- 18th century.
Protestant churches -- Doctrines.
Protestantism -- Influence.
LC no. 2008014276
ISBN 0754663922 (alk. paper)
9780754663928 (alk. paper)
Other Titles Theological origins of the Penitentiary Act, 1779