In seventeenth century England, Puritan works on practical divinity were increasing in availability, especially during the middle to later parts of the century. During this time, certain ministers began to write manuals to instruct believers about the importance of the Christian discipline of meditation. Other ministers preached sermons on the subject which were later collected into published works.
Understanding Puritan Meditation examines and analyzes Puritan texts on meditation and then suggests five aspects of Puritan meditation as being central to the collective Puritan theology and practice of this discipline.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Recently, I was introduced to this excellent new website on English Puritan Meditation. Here's an overview:
This site is designed and constructed by Amy Gant with the support of University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries and UNL Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. Her MA thesis entitled "Beating the Path to Heaven": Nathanael Ranew and the Puritan Art of Divine Meditation in the Seventeenth Century provides the basis of the site.
HT: Tony Reinke