The Puritan era was extremely important in the formation of the English constitution and its affect upon the church. It gave us tradition of pastoral theology unsurpassed in the history of the English-speaking world.
Today, a significant proportion of the church has decided that its ministry today should be carried out pragmatically rather than theologically. 'what works' is more important than 'what is more biblical'. If we want to be effective in the 21st century then we need to sit at the feet of the Puritans.
Table of Contents:
Introduction by J. Ligon Duncan III
1. The Origins of Puritanism
2. Vestments and Ceremonies
3. The Puritans and the Hierarchy
4. Presbytery in Episcopacy
5. Absolutism and Liberty
6. Puritanism in its Triumph and Downfall
John Brown was a respected Congregational pastor who lived from 1830 to 1922. He was the Chairman of the Congregational Union of England and Wales and an accomplished author and historian.
"John Brown's account of the political history of the Puritans up to 1660 has not lost its freshness. It is a heroic, inspiring story and Brown tells it well." - J I Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
"His sympathy with the Puritan Independents and his admiration for the Puritan contributions to liberty, both ecclesiastical and political, are apparent in this handy survey of the English Puritans." - William S. Barker