Item description for Who Are the Puritans?...and What Do They Teach by Erroll Hulse...
Overview The author reminds the reader that the Puritans were men of deep theological understanding and vision who prayed for the earth to be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God as the waters cover the sea. Historically the Puritan epoch is best able to supple the teaching that engenders holy living and stability. They were strongest where the churches in general are weakest today.
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Studio: EP Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.51" Width: 5.34" Height: 0.69" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 2000
Publisher EVANGELICAL PRESS #532
ISBN 0852344449 ISBN13 9780852344446
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A great entry point to the works of the Puritans Jan 30, 2003
The writings of the 17th century English Puritans were largely neglected for much of the 20th century. Not so now. Extensive republishing of Puritan material by the Banner of Truth and more recently Soli Deo Gloria here in the US has made these mighty works available once more to a wider audience. This book will urge many to delve into the wealth of juicy material that is once again available.
The title sums up the entire book. Divided neatly into three parts, the first two answer the question, "Who are the Puritans", and the third answers the question, "what do they teach?" The book is very attractively presented; the text is laid out in a variety of different fonts and is well illustrated. Written in a very readable style, it should appeal to a broad readership, perhaps especially a younger audience than a book on this subject may normally reach.
The author expresses his aim in the introduction as follows: "I want to create enthusiasm for the Puritans in order to profit from their practical example and benefit from their unique balance of doctrine, experience and practice...Teaching which engenders holy living and stability is vastly needed. Historically, the Puritan epoch is best able to supply this need for they were strongest where the churches in general are weakest today". Hulse persuasively argues that the Puritans' writings are ideally suited to the present-day trends of Postmodernism, Neo-orthodoxy, Fundamentalism, The New Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism, Shallow Evangelism, Reconstructionism, Broad Evangelicalism, and Hyper-Calvinism.
Part One is entitled "The Story of the Puritans", and provides an overview of the history of the Puritan movement. Some helpful timelines and illustrations guide us through the development of the movement from before the Reformation to the decline of the movement after the Restoration of Charles II.
Part Two focuses in on the lives of 24 individual Puritans. Some are familiar names to many of us - Thomas Watson, John Owen, John Bunyan, and Richard Baxter. Others are less known, such as the Baptists Knollys and Jessey. Each biography is brief (approx. 1 page) and contains a portrait and a bibliography of their books that are currently in print.
Part Three is perhaps the most important section of the book. Entitled "Help from the Puritans", it makes up one half of the book, and supplies many quotations from the Puritans on many subjects that are of particular importance in our day. These include: The Puritans' stable doctrine of divine sovereignty and human responsibility, the Recovery of the Lord's Day, Marriage and the family, a Robust Doctrine of Assurance, Eschatological hope, The Primacy of Expository preaching, the Reality of Sin. These mini-essays provide a wealth of helpful material.
Finally there are six interesting appendices on related topical and historical subjects, such as, "Were the Puritans Narrow-minded Bigots?", "The Reformation in Scotland", "The Ongoing Influence of the Puritans". An extensive bibliography is also provided for further research.
I would particularly recommend this book to teens and to home-schooling parents as a useful history textbook covering the Puritan period from the Reformation to the Restoration, but also to any reader who would like an introduction to this important period and her uniquely gifted preachers.
Should we care about the Puritans? Mar 6, 2001
The Puritans have a decidedly bad popular image in the United States today. They seem to be generally regarded as a bunch of morbid men whose hard-to-read writings peversely interpreted Christianity in a way that is comic at best and dangerous at worst. English Reformed Baptist pastor Erroll Hulse rescues them from this image and restores them to their proper place as people to whom we should pay attention in this great new study of them. Canadian church history professor Michael Haykin tells us in the Foreword: "We ignore the Puritans at our peril. Their firm grasp of the verities of Chrisitianity, their commitment to seeing those truths worked out in the context of the local church and, above all, the Christ-centered passion of their spirituality, can teach us much." Pastor Hulse then, after an introductory chapter on the relevance of the Puritans, deals with his subject in three sections. Part I gives a historical overview of the English Puritan movement, dealing with early beginnings, development, flowering, and legacy. Part II is the lives of prominent Puritans, (organized primarily by the three generations of men during the century that Puritanism flourished in England), such as John Dod, Robert Bolton, Richard Sibbes, Jeremiah Burroughs, Thomas Goodwin, Thomas Manton, John Owen, Richard Baxter, and John Bunyan. Part III gives us help from the Puritans, how their theology still is amazingly relevant to issues facing us today. There are also six useful appendices, the first of which is an objective examination of the question "were the Puritans narrow-minded bigots?" I cannot commend this book too highly enough. Pastor Hulse has done a great service in giving us a clear, readable book that makes the Puritans come alive and shows their vital importance to us today. Should we care about the Puritans? If we are concerned about honoring God and seeing His kingdom advance, the answer is a resounding YES!