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“This is a well-designed, carefully documented and argued study of a major seventeenth-century British Reformed theologian whose work has been sadly neglected until very recently. Snoddy offers one of the most significant monographs on Ussher since the major biographical work of the nineteenth century. The book is a careful and balanced piece of work that sets Ussher into his historical context, deals with the relevant primary and secondary literature, and sheds significant light on Ussher’s thought. Snoddy’s work offers considerable new insight into the on-going reappraisal of theology in the early modern era, solidly contributing to the demolition of the so-called ‘Calvin against the Calvinists’ thesis.” –Richard Muller, P.J. Zondervan Professor of Historical Theology, Calvin Theological Seminary

“James Ussher was one of the most important Protestant theologians of the seventeenth century, whose writings exercised profound impact on the evolution of English puritanism even as his friendship and reputation were claimed by prominent defenders of the Catholic faith. In this exceptional work of historical theology, Richard Snoddy elucidates the thinking of a key but complex figure in the construction of Reformed orthodoxy.” –Crawford Gribben, Professor of Early Modern British History, Queen’s University, Belfast

“James Ussher was a seventeenth-century Irish polymath whose range and subtlety has posed a considerable challenge to those trying to explain and interpret his work.  Richard Snoddy meets the challenge triumphantly in this study of Ussher’s theology of salvation.  Not only does he place Ussher convincingly in his contemporary context, he also demonstrates the surprisingly diverse range of views on this important topic contained within seventeenth-century Calvinism.” –Alan Ford, Professor of Theology, University of Nottingham


Recent scholarship on the early modern sermon has paid more attention to matters of venue, auditory, etc. The Virtual Paul’s Cross Project takes this to a whole new level. It attempts a virtual recreation of John Donne’s sermon on 5 November 1622 at Paul’s Cross, right down to bird-song and barking dogs. Worth playing around with to get an idea of what it would have been like to be there.