Friday, November 9, 2007

Watch this space

Early next week, God willing, I will be posting a brief 'Conventicle Q&A' with Professor Patrick Collinson, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, who is perhaps the most renowned historian of puritanism alive today. Prof. Collinson was gracious enough to answer some of my questions, when I spoke with him at a recent British Academy conference.

Collinson has written several books and essays. His first major monograph was called The Elizabethan Puritan Movement. I look forward to sharing his intriguing thoughts with all of you ...

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

John Owen for Today

Mark your calendars!

John Owen for Today Conference

When: 19-22 August 2008

Where: Westminster College, Cambridge

Speakers: Alan Spence, Steve Holmes, Carl Trueman, Kelly Kapic, Sebastian Rehnman, Crawford Gribben, Suzanne Macdonald, & Michael Horton

For more information, click here.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Another Crash Course in Puritan History

Back in September I shared how someone might become familiar with the outlines of the puritan movement's history by studying specific events (via Wikipedia). Another, equally effective way is by looking at important people. Here are ten (anti-puritans in italics):

John Field (1545–1588) – the brief Wikipedia entry belies his importance as chief organizer of puritan networks across England during the Elizabethan period

Thomas Cartwright (1535–1603) – divine, writer who locked horns with Whitgift and trumpeted presbyterian ecclesiology

John Whitgift (1530–1604) – Archbishop of Canterbury from 1583 until his death; most aggressive foe of puritanism during the Elizabethan period

William Perkins (1558–1602) – the first great systematic theologian of puritan Calvinist theology; also noted for his preaching and writings (for both learned and popular audiences)

Laurence Chaderton (1536?–1640) – divine, founding father of 'moderate puritanism' whose long life spanned Elizabethan and Stuart eras

William Laud (1573–1645) – Archbishop of Canterbury from 1633 to 1645; staunchly enforced a high Anglicanism in opposition to puritan sentiments; Laud is the main reason many went to New England for relief

Richard Baxter (1615–1691) – Civil War chaplain, pastor and prolific writer

John Owen (1616–1683) – easily the most prominent puritan theologian of the 17th century

Cotton Mather (1663–1728) – important New England minister and writer

Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) – some consider the titan Edwards a 'neo-puritan' because he was part of a later generation of New Englanders, but his life and theology are consistent with the older tradition


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