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Resurrecting the â€œFirst Five Hundredâ€: The Church Fathers in Early Modern England
In his â€œChallenge Sermonâ€ delivered at St. Paulâ€™s Cross on November 26, 1559, Bishop John Jewel
argued that the Church Fathers were the true architects of the Christian religion and that the
English people would no longer be subjected to the sort of medieval tampering that had led the
one true Church astray. â€œThe first five hundred years of the church,â€ he would argue, â€œare worth
more than the whole thousand that followed afterward.â€ For this collection, we are seeking
essays that address the topic of the Church Fathers in early modern English culture. Topics
addressed may include (but will not be limited to) the rhetorical, political, ethical, and material
uses of the Church Fathers and the influence of the Fathers on education, rhetoric, science,
philosophy, philology, the stage, book production, devotional and polemical writing, women and
writing, the body, colonialist discourse, and the rise of capitalism.
Please address queries to the collectionâ€™s editors, Mitchell Harris (mharris_at_gustavus.edu) and
Steven Matthews (smatthew_at_d.umn.edu). Essay proposals should be between 500 and 800
words. Completed essays should be between 4,000 and 9,000 words in text, approximately 16
-36 double-spaced pages, and should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed.
(Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2003). Please use endnotes. Proposals and completed
essays should be sent electronically as a Microsoft Word document or PDF file.
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