Who Were the Puritans?

This post is a little off topic for this blog.

I see the term Puritan/Purintans/Puritanism misused all the time, even by Christians. The first chapter of the book Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics is available online at Westminster Bookstore titled Who Were the Puritans? (PDF file).

Someday I want to read a lot more of the Puritans and their successors like Jonathan Edwards. As time goes on more and more of their writings are becoming available.

5 Responses to “Who Were the Puritans?”


  1. 1 Michael Flynn

    An interesting read, I’ve always felt that the puritans were much maligned, especially by people who have no personal relationship with Jesus.  While the linked pdf does show quite a diversity in the meaning of Puritan, its evident they chose to be more reformed minded in the beginning.

  2. 2 Nathan Stitt

    It’s your blog. I say post about what ever you find interesting. Sometimes it helps other people branch out into other things that they might not be aware of if you didn’t break from the routine every once in a while.

  3. 3 Richard

    In addition to that I would suggest Packer’s A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life. In terms of good places to start, Thomas Watson is the easiest Puritan to read includingThe Godly Man’s Picture by Thomas WatsonTen Commandments by Thomas WatsonLord’s Supper by Thomas Watson Beatitudes by Thomas WatsonAll Things for Good by Thomas Watson

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    Thank you for the suggestions. Those should be a good place to start.
    Jeff

  5. 5 John Lofton, Recovering Republican

    Neo-Puritan site; visit/comment, please.TheAmericanView.comJLof@aol.com

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