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Historical

January 1995
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Cotton Mather (1663-1728): Puritan Pietist

Cotton Mather, grandson of the American Puritan pioneers John Cotton and Richard Mather, was born on 12 February 1663, in Boston, Massachusetts, the first child of Increase and Maria Mather. His life was remarkable from the beginning as he started to pray, read and write simultaneous with his acquirement of his mother tongue, so…

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Historical

January 1995
Articles > Historical

Born to be honest

There is some danger of falling into a soft and effeminate Christianity, under the plea of a lofty and ethereal theology. Christianity was born for endurance; not an exotic, but a hardy plant, braced by the keen wind; not languid, nor childish, nor cowardly. It walks with strong step and erect frame; it is…

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Historical

January 1995
Articles > Historical

A great reformer dies

With the death of Dr Jacob Preus, one of the great champions of the Christian faith has been taken from this world. Dr Preus received international recognition in the 1970s when he was the president of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, a denomination of 3,000,000 members. Jack Preus led and won the battle to…

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The Spanish Inquisition

Historical

January 1970
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The Spanish Inquisition

The Spanish Inquisition In 1478 the Catholic monarchs of Spain, Ferdinand and Isabella, bolstered political and religious unity within their 'Christian' country by establishing the Holy Office, or Spanish Inquisition.  In the first instance this was directed against Jews and Muslims, but as the Reformation took hold of Europe, it was used against Protestants. One…

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A cloud of witnesses

Historical

January 1970
Articles > Historical

A cloud of witnesses

John Sutcliff (1752-1814) - Part 2 Last month we introduced John Sutcliff, pastor of the Olney Baptist Church, Buckinghamshire. In the 1780s, Sutcliff became increasingly involved in the affairs of the Northamptonshire Association of Baptist Churches, to which his church belonged. He drew up the circular letter that the association sent annually to its…

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