In that section he makes a neat, but in my opinion overly facile, separation between those reformers who concentrated on ecclesiastical government
and those with a biblical focus.
The Council Fathers explain that full incorporation into the People of God is achieved only by the Catholic faithful (including Catechumens), who "accept all the means of salvation given to the Church together with her entire organization, and who--by the bonds constituted by the profession of faith, the sacraments, ecclesiastical government
, and communion--are joined in the visible structure of the Church of Christ, who rules her through the Supreme Pontiff and the bishops.
By its careful examination of ecclesiastical government
, it complements work on theology and piety and makes 'the rise of Arminianism' difficult to sustain.
In 1640-1642, according to Jackson, Hobbes's rejection of jure divino episcopacy placed him on the side of the puritan opponents of episcopacy, and thus made him no "royalist" because he opposed the ecclesiastical government
of his sovereign (57).
On the conference's second day, for example, the Puritan signers of the Millenary Petition were equated with the infamous Thomas Cartwright, whose public crusade in the 1570s to make civil authority subservient to ecclesiastical authority - and especially to the only form of ecclesiastical government
sanctioned by scripture (Presbyterian) - had given the Puritan efforts at reform their first definitive political orientation.