Benjamin Hoadly Bibliography

The Reasonableness of Conformity to the Church of England Represented to the Dissenting Ministers 1703
A reply to Edmund Calamy the younger in which Hoadly defended episcopal ordination and argued for a lax interpretation of the oaths and subscriptions required of the clergy. Edmund Calamy (1671-1732), a Nonconformist minister, was the author of the Account of the Ejected Ministers (1702).

Hoadly, bishop of Winchester, was the main clerical champion of whig principles in the state and of latitudinarian ideas in the church. He was a friend of Lady Sundon, one of Queen Caroline’s closet confidantes, and he was protected by the court of George II as he was by that of George I. According toEdward Gibbon, he was “the object of whig idolatry and tory abhorrence”. Hoadly became a strong defender of the Protestant succession and of individual liberty in both church and state.
A Preservative Against the Principles and Practices of the NonJurors Both in Church and State 1716
A work directed against the posthumously published writings of Georges Hickes which complements Hoadly’s sermon defending individualism in religion entitled “The Nature of the Kingdom or Church of Christ.” The Preservative started a controversy concerning the limits of civil disobedience; the sermon led to a pamphlet war, known as the Bangorian controversy (Hoadly was bishop of Bangor in 1716), concerning the nature of ecclesiastical authority and incidentally to the suspension of convocation (1717) for its opposition to Hoadly’s views. One of the most important replies to the sermon was William Law’s Three Letters to the Bishop of Bangor.