Worldly Saints: The Puritans as They Really Were

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Zondervan, Sep 24, 1990 - Religion - 300 pages
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"Ryken's Worldly Saints offers a fine introduction to seventeenth-century Puritanism in its English and American contexts. The work is rich in quotations from Puritan worthies and is ideally suited to general readers who have not delved widely into Puritan literature. It will also be a source of information and inspiration to those who seek a clearer understanding of the Puritan roots of American Christianity." -Harry Stout, Yale University "...the typical Puritans were not wild men, fierce and freaky, religious fanatics and social extremists, but sober, conscientious, and cultured citizens, persons of principle, determined and disciplined excelling in the domestic virtues, and with no obvious shortcomings save a tendency to run to words when saying anything important, whether to God or to a man. At last the record has been put straight." -J.I. Packer, Regent College "Worldly Saints provides a revealing treasury of primary and secondary evidence for understanding the Puritans, who they were, what they believed, and how they acted. This is a book of value and interest for scholars and students, clergy and laity alike." -Roland Mushat Frye, University of Pennsylvania "A very persuasive...most interesting book...stuffed with quotations from Puritan sources, almost to the point of making it a mini-anthology." -Publishers Weekly "With Worldly Saints, Christians of all persuasions have a tool that provides ready access to the vast treasures of Puritan thought." -Christianity Today "Ryken writes with a vigor and enthusiasm that makes delightful reading-never a dull moment." -Fides et Historia "Worldly Saints provides a valuable picture of Puritan life and values. It should be useful for general readers as well as for students of history and literature." -Christianity and Literature

 

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Worldly Saints: The Puritans as the really were by Leland Ryken The Puritan movement started as a reaction towards the compromise of Elizabeth I in 1560 It started as a dismay against the church and known as the “Elizabethan Compromise.” However, their origins is tied to the “Marian exiles” that fled England during the persecution under Queen Mary in the 1550’s. The Puritans as they became known as were impatient with this halting of the Reformation (p. 7) and envisioned a church free of Roman Catholic vestiges. As the movement progressed, it became difficult for them to conform to the state church.  

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Contents

WHAT WERE THE ORIGINAL PURITANS LIKE?
1
WORK
23
MARRIAGE AND SEX
39
MONEY
57
FAMILY
73
PURITAN PREACHING
91
CHURCH AND WORSHIP
111
THE BIBLE
137
EDUCATION
157
SOCIAL ACTION
173
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Leland Ryken (PhD, University of Oregon) is professor of English at Wheaton College in Illinois, where he has twice received the "teacher of the year" award.

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