Dear Sir,

     Despite Mr. Wilson firm recommendation, my books do not contain the subject matter he associates with them. However, it is fashionable to denigrate the Tudors and Stuarts and, as Hanko and Gay, and pronounce Anglican Reformers guilty by association. This argument would weigh equally on the Continentals who were patronised by the like-questionable Prince Maurice. Dutch Presbyterianism was the seat of Arminianism and it cannot be doubted that in 1619 the English Reformation was in better shape.

     The Dutch told Carleton re Episcopacy:

“they did much honour and reverence the good order and discipline of the church of England; and, with all their hearts, would be glad to have it established among them; but that could not be hoped for, in their state. Their hope was, that, seeing they could not do what they desired, God would be merciful to them, if they did what they could.”

Their political ‘state’ determined their church order. This is best illustrated by Mr. Wilson’s preference, the Emden Church. The United Provinces sent delegates to ‘neutral’ Emden in 1569 to work out a politically acceptable church order. They adopted a modified French system and a French (Belgic) confession. This order was accepted by the United Provinces at a new synod at Dort in 1572. The Stadtholder, who had forced all the churches to unite, was appeased. This policy stands in contrast to the Anglican Convocation’s 1571 declaration, accepted by Elizabeth and Parliament, that the Scriptures are the sole rule for church practice.

     Mr. Wilson wrongly juxtaposes ‘hybrid’ Anglicans against the Presbyterian ‘purity’ of Calvin, Knox and Beza. Bede, Greathead, Bradwardine and Wycliffe show that the Five Points were preached in England in all ages. Calvin never reached the Lutheran and Anglican standards on repentance and justification. Knox rejected the Emden forms and the Anglican exiles’ pastor-preacher, elder, deacon system, preferring a seven-tier hierarchy and forbidding the public reading of God’s Word. Winzet listed dozens of Knox’s un-Scriptural ceremonies. Weston protested that Knox made himself the measure of all things and Non-Conformist Whitehead warned Calvin of Knox’s anti-Reformed practices! Knox’s stand saved Scotland from franco-papal aggression but he combated the Reformers the most. Partly due to Beza’s turns and mismanagement, Geneva went bankrupt and the Church of England raised a fortune to prevent a fine Reformed heritage returning to Rome. To place the Reformed Church of England on the negative side and Knox and Co. on the positive is to split the Reformation down the middle, which Grindal and Whittingham begged Knox not to do. Puritan Anglican Reformers such as Latimer, Grindal, Foxe, Bale, Jewel and Abbot have a firm and lasting place as leaders in the Continuing Reformation.