Timothy Scott McGinnis teaches at Samford Univesity in Birmingham, Alabama. He received his doctorate in religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"This sensible and sensitive little book relocates Gifford in his historical context: not as a folklorist but as an activist pastor concerned with the redemption of souls and the reformation of society." — American Historical Review
"A fine and efficient study that places Gifford and his writings solidly in their context.… Although this fine book deserves to be widely read by scholars, it is not for them alone. Students will find it accessible thanks to the author’s care in explaining events and debates with which specialists will be all too familiar." — Journal of British Studies
McGinnis’s study provides an insightful window into the soul of English Puritanism…while adding to the growing body of postrevisionist scholarship. — History