Thomas Rogers (priest)

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Thomas Rogers (died 1616) was an English Anglican clergyman, known as a theologian, controversialist and translator.



He was a student of Christ Church, Oxford, in 1571, and graduated B.A. 7 July 1573, and M.A. 6 July 1576. He was subsequently (11 December 1581) rector of Horringer in Suffolk. Initially he was on good terms with local Puritan figures such as John Knewstub and Walter Allen; but his own views changed within a few years. [1] Rogers was an early opponent of Nicholas Bownde in the Sabbatarian controversy. [2]

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Rogers became chaplain to Richard Bancroft, and assisted him in literary work. He died at Horringer, and was buried in the chancel of his church there, 22 February 1616. [2]

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Rogers's major works were on the English creed:

The latter subsequently appeared in another form as an exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles, entitled The Faith, Doctrine and Religion: Professed and Protected in the Realm of England, and Dominions of the Same; Expressed in Thirty Nine Articles. ... London. 1681.  This book was later praised by Augustus Toplady, Edward Bickersteth and other evangelical divines, and was reprinted in 1854 by the Parker Society. [2]

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Popular were Rogers's translation of The Imitation of Christ (London, 1580); often reprinted till 1639 and his Of the Ende of this World and the Second Coming of Christ, translated from the Latin of Scheltoo à Geveren, London 1577, 1578, 1589. [2] The latter work endorsed the conclusions of George Joye on the second coming as due in the sixteenth century, and with more specific predictions to the later 1580s. [3] À Geveren was a lawyer in Emden, whom Rogers may have visited in 1577; his work was influenced by mystical and rabbinic thought. [4]

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Other original publications by him were: [2]

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Rogers's translations included [2]

William Carew Hazlitt also identified him with the Thomas Rogers, author of Celestiall Elegies of the Goddesses and the Muses, deploring the death of Frances, Countesse of Hertford, London, 1598; reprinted in the Roxburghe Club's Lamport Garland, 1887. [2] The work is now attributed to Thomas Rogers of Bryanston. [7]

Notes and references

  1. Collinson, Craig & Usher 2003.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Shaw 1900.
  3. Ball 1975, pp. 21–22.
  4. Collinson, Craig & Usher 2003, p. 106.
  5. Tilmouth 2010, pp. 30–33.
  6. Brückner 1876.
  7. Watson & Willison 1974, p. 1905.

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