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 Issues | Church History | James Ussher

James Ussher (1581-1656)

Summary

  • Educated at Trinity College, Dublin
  • Ussher was a great scholar of history and patristics
  • 1606 Professor of Divinity in Dublin
  • 1621 Bishop of Meath
  • 1625Archbishop of Armagh
  • Ussher was a staunch Calvinist, Anti-Roman and pro the established Church.
  • Invited to Wesminster Assembly but declined out of loyalty to the Crown.
  • Nevertheless Ussher's 'Irish' Articles became the basis of the Westminster Confession and he was admired by both Presbyterians and Independents.
  • Such was his standing that on his death, during the time of the Commonwealth, Oliver Cromwell, who otherwised despised the Bishops, ordered that Ussher be given a state funeral in Westminster Abbey.

                        

 

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