Richard Baxter & the English Puritans
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Many reasons: Baxter lived through so much of the Puritan era-from 1616 to 1691. He wrote what by many standards is the best record of it, from a personal standpoint, in his autobiography. He was one of the top Puritan leaders of his day, the most successful Puritan pastor, and the most prolific Puritan writer.
From Baxter it is not a far leap into the wide spectrum of opinions, personalities, and experiences that make up English Puritanism as a whole, including one of its abiding characteristics: the belief that all real theology is practical theology. The Puritans were certainly not without their faults, but as Dr. J.I. Packer told us, in all of their diversity and adversity, their triumphs and setbacks, two very deep concerns emerge: how to be holy and how to be human.
Inside this issue you'll find:
- A Pen in God's Hand - Richard Baxter wrote, preached, taught, and visited his way to become the model pastor.
- Physicians of the Soul - A conversation with J.I. Packer about the nature of Puritanism and its continuing legacy.
- The Puritan Moses - Believing he was on a mission from God, Oliver Cromwell became both military genius and lawgiver.
- The Original Puritan Work Ethic - By valuing all of life in relation to God, Puritans gave sacred significance to every activity.
- Richard & Margaret - Difficult man + difficult woman = model marriage.
- The Cost of Pilgrimage - After the Restoration, Protestants persecuted Protestants like never before.
On the Record: The Character of an Old English Puritan - The classic description of Puritanism from a 1646 tract.
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bibliophile5 Stars Out Of 5Christian History Biography magazine--Richard Baxter and the English PuritansJanuary 22, 2015bibliophileAn ecellent introduction to both the English Puritans and to Richard Baxter, a powerful voice and figure among the Puritans. Shunning labels he worked tirelessly to break down the barriers that divided Christians of his time into sects and denominations.The magazine is well worth the information if gives on him alone, but in opening to view the all to little known world of the Puritans, it is a treasure trove.
JohnnieCape Voral FLAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5PuritiansJanuary 3, 2015JohnnieCape Voral FLAge: 55-65Gender: femaleFound this to more informative than I expected, would love to read more about them in this format.
Beren4 Stars Out Of 5A Father's ImportanceDecember 20, 2014BerenQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4What made the biggest impression on me was the practice of Puritan fathers. After private worship/devotional reading, they would lead their children in worship/devotionsevery day. Employers were encouraged to provide athletic outlets during the workweek so Sunday could be a complete day of rest. These little anecdotal information bytes within the articles are invaluable for our modern application. How often we spend Saturday "getting something done", so that Sunday we can "do something fun.", yet end up tired? I appreciate how they prioritized Sabaath, although it seems Hebrews encourages us to find true rest in our spirit daily, in Christ, more than routine. Yet, I respect their routine, clearly it was focused on right priorities.
Emilia5 Stars Out Of 5good lesson on puritansNovember 22, 2014EmiliaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Very interesting
Junior5 Stars Out Of 5November 2, 2012JuniorQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It was what I needed to learn more about the Puritans. I thought I was reading a History book!