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Samford University, B.A.
Reformed Theological Seminary, M.A., M.Div.
University of Cambridge, Ph.D.
Dr. Reeves has been a full-time faculty member at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, FL since 2010. Dr. Reeves completed a Ph.D. in Church History from the University of Cambridge on Tudor evangelicalism. He has been a guest lecturer for Reformed Theological Seminary and also for Cambridge University. A church historian, Dr. Reeves’ primary research interests are political theology and ecclesiology during the Reformation, specifically political obedience, resistance theory and the relationship between church and state. He also has an interest in the early Swiss Reformation, the Tudor dynasty and early Protestant theology.
The Reformation in England did not take place in one generation but slowly grew over a long period of time. Also, the Reformation in England was heavily influenced by politics.
The need for Henry VIII, in the Tudor line, to have an heir to his throne was the main political factor.
It declared that the ruling Monarch is the head of the church in England.
She reimposed Catholicism on England, and she killed around 300 Protestants during her reign.
She resisted the hard-line reformed version of Protestantism found in John Knox and returning English exiles.
It was a Puritan document given to James I in 1603 signed by 1,000 disgruntled Anglicans who requested reforms within Anglicanism.
James ordered a new translation of Scripture which became known as The Authorized Version, or The King James Version.
A Puritan wanted to reform the Church of England from within. A Separatist left the Church of England to pursue his own denomination.
The Great Ejection, which was brought about because of The Act of Uniformity (1662), forced over 2,000 Puritan pastors out of their ministries for refusing to comply with King Charles II and his anti-Puritan ideas.
The English Civil War was a fight between the Parliamentarians (those who supported the members of Parliament) and the Royalists (those who supported Charles I).
The Westminster Confession of Faith, the Shorter Catechism, and the Larger Catechism
Although each embraced very different theology, they all wanted to be radical for their faith and not accept the involvement of the church with the state.