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By John D. Brewer

Anti-Catholicism kinds a part of the dynamics to Northern Ireland's clash and is important to the self-defining identification of definite Protestants. besides the fact that, anti-Catholicism is as a lot a sociology approach as a theological dispute. It used to be given a Scriptural underpinning within the background of Protestant-Catholic kinfolk in eire, and wider British-Irish kin, to be able to make stronger social divisions among the spiritual groups and to provide a deterministic trust process to justify them. The ebook examines the socio-economic and political tactics that experience ended in theology getting used in social closure and stratification among the 17th century and the current day.

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Protestants were run off a bridge into the sea and left to drown; those making back to the shore were bludgeoned. Depositions were collected from survivors some years later during Puritan governance in Ireland following Cromwell's victory, and the accounts stress the antiProtestantism of the rebels: but they would anyway by this time. These depositions were collected together in a two-volume, vehemently anti-Catholic tome in the latenineteenth century (Hickson, 1884), for their political effect during Home Rule debates.

Some Anglicans in Ulster found convenantal theology and politics attractive for the same reason, although such people were banished from the established church; there was what Barkley calls a 'Presbyterian party' within the Established Church in Ireland in 1642, although its fortunes waned (Barkley, 1959: 11). Public banding in this way became so attractive because of the rebellion and massacre of Protestants the year before. The 1641 Massacre At the time, the representation of the 1641 massacre and rebellion by the Catholic Church raised it to a holy war, justifiable on moral grounds.

Y followed him. A European dynastic war was thus set to be fought on Irish soil. The Williamite Wars in Ireland James sent a regiment to Ireland in 1689 to secure his position. To local Protestants this meant an invasion by Catholics. With anti-Catholicism prevalent, nurtured by fears roused by rumours about a massacre on the scale of 1641, the attempt by the army to obtain quarters in the walled towns of Derry and Enniskillen, entirely Protestant, was repelled since they were 'Papist' and thus without restraint or civility (see the terms of the declaration in Miller, 1978a: 23).

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