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All articles & reviews tagged with puritan

Historical

September 2020
Articles > Historical

10 facts about the Pilgrim Fathers

This month – September – marks the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower. In popular perceptions the ‘pilgrims’ are Puritans who left England in 1620 seeking religious freedom. But how well do we know them? 1. Many don’t class them as Puritans The Puritans aimed to complete the reformation of the Church…

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Historical

January 2020
Articles > Historical

Katherine Willoughby, the Puritan Duchess (1519-80)

‘[She] was born a Catholic and became a convinced and zealous Puritan; she was born to a sheltered and secure life and, by her own honesty and outspokenness, she courted persecution and lived in danger. She was a woman of wit and beauty and charm, and of great integrity… Many whose thinking and writing…

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Historical

March 2018
Articles > Historical

My top ten Puritan authors – Joel Beeke

Anthony Burgess (d. 1664) Recently, my favourite Puritan to read has been Anthony Burgess, vicar of Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, from 1635 to 1662. In my opinion, he is the most underrated Puritan of all time. I once asked Iain Murray why Burgess was not included in the nineteenth-century sets of the works of the…

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Review

October 2015
Reviews > DVD

The English Reformation and the Puritans (DVD)

One of the criticisms of the way history is taught in schools is that pupils come away knowing a bit about Henry VIII and his six wives, some details of the horrors of the slave trade and something about Hitler, but nothing to set it all in context. Some even struggle to put all…

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John Eliot: Puritan Missionary to the Indians

Historical

August 2004
Articles > Historical

John Eliot: Puritan Missionary to the Indians

The Puritans were deeply committed to missionary endeavour. All the well-known Puritan and Covenanting ministers subscribed to a petition presented to parliament in 1641 'for the propagating of the gospel in America and the West Indies'. The best example of this spirit was to be found in New England. The Massachusetts Bay Company's Charter…

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Historical

October 1999
Articles > Historical

Puritan Missions in Ireland

They were the glory of John Owen's millennial dawn. With Thomas Goodwin, and countless unnamed Puritans, Owen believed that the sudden sparkling of independent churches in Ireland bore testimony to the goodness of God in the last and darkest ages of history. God was building his new temple in the midst of his enemies,…

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Historical

July 1999
Articles > Historical

The Puritans and the return of Christ

The hope of the return of Jesus is always presented in Scripture as the great purifying hope of the church. 'For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for…

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