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Puritan Papers, Vol. 1: 1956-1959 (Packer, ed.)

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J. I. Packer, D. M. Lloyd-Jones, Iain Murray, and Ernest Kevan are among the distinguished contributors to this compilation of papers on a wide range of topics pertaining to Puritan and Reformed teaching, piety, and life. This volume, the first in a series, captures the principles and passion of Puritan belief as presented in the Puritan and Reformed Studies Conferences of 1956–1959.

The twenty-three papers gathered here are, by design, "practical and constructive, not merely academic," says Packer, and therefore helpful to pastors as well as the whole church.


Table of Contents: 

Part 1: The Wisdom of Our Fathers (1956)

1. The Puritans and the Doctrine of Election - Iain Murray

2. The Witness of the Spirit: The Puritan Teaching - J. I. Packer

3. The Puritans’ Dealings with Troubled Souls - G. A. Hemming

4. The Law and the Covenants—A Study in John Ball - E. F. Kevan

5. Mrs. Hutchinson and Her Teaching - E. Braund

6. Richard Greenham and the Trials of a Christian - O. R. Johnston

Part 2: Servants of the Word (1957)

1. The Puritans and the Lord’s Day - J. I. Packer 

2. The Savoy Conference, 1661 - G. Thomas

3. Thomas Shepard’s “Parable of the Ten Virgins” - O. R. Johnston

4. John Bunyan and His Experience - Owen C. Watkins

5. The Puritan Principle of Worship - W. Young

6. Daily Life Among the Puritans - E. Braund

Part 3: A Goodly Heritage (1958)

Introduction - J. I. Packer

1. The Life and Work of a Minister According to the Puritans - Paul Cook

2. The Puritans as Interpreters of Scripture - J. I. Packer

3. William Guthrie on the Trial of a Saving Interest in Christ - D. Mingard

4. Divine Sovereignty in the Thought of Stephen Charnock - F. K. Drayson

5. Richard Baxter’s Social and Economic Teaching - D. R. Wooldridge

6. Morgan Llwyd - Geraint Gruffydd

Part 4: How Shall They Hear? (1959)

Introduction - J. I. Packer

1. John Calvin: The Man Whom God Subdued - P. E. Hughes

2. The Puritan View of Preaching the Gospel - J. I. Packer

3. Andrew Fuller’s Conflict with Hypercalvinism - T. E. Watson

4. Discipline in the Puritan Congregation - D. Downham

5. Revival: An Historical and Theological Survey - D. M. Lloyd-Jones



J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.



"The republication of these studies will . . . furnish Christians today with insight into the rich heritage of Puritan thought. In the shallowness, pragmatism, and confusion of much current evangelicalism, the depth, conviction, and steadiness of the Puritans can again help renew the churches." — W. Robert Godfrey

"[The conference papers] provide an invaluable resource for those who love Puritanism." — Erroll Hulse