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The English Puritans

by Dr. J.I. Packer

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Description

This course is an introduction to the English Puritans that includes an examination of historical context, theological contributions, cultural and community impact, and literary output of several prominent Puritan thinkers. Both informative and engaging, this course invites you to set aside the typical Puritan stereotypes and embrace the lives and legacies of some of the greatest minds and preachers in Church history.

Customer Reviews

Good, but not what I hoped for

I did not register for the course or read the assigned material.

This course examines the English Puritans. (It never addresses American Puritans.) It is taught by J. I. Packer, one of the most prominent Reformed evangelicals of the past half-century. Dr. Packer is Anglican, the tradition out of which the Puritans came.

This course is more of an apologia than a critical analysis of Puritanism. Dr. Packer rarely cites conflicting scholarship on the subject except that he spends nearly two hours of the 13 hour course explaining why infralapsarianism (his position) is better than supralapsarianism (the position taken by most Puritans). One example of this apologia is that there is scant reference to the part that Puritans played in the beheading of Charles I.

Dr. Packer’s approach is to take a theological issue of importance to the Puritans and then to discuss that issue. Often, once he gets started, he focuses for a long time on that issue without any reference to what any Puritans said. He seems to discuss his opinion of the Puritan issue rather than to focus on what the Puritans said about it.

Again, the course focuses on theological issues of importance to the Puritans. One consequence of this is that little attention is devoted to the history of the Puritans.

One important take-away for me is the realization that the English Puritans were very pastoral. I guess I thought of them as theological firebrands and I had never realized how important personal ministry was to them.

What a blessing!!!

I'm so happy to have discovered the Puritans...in the little bit of time that I've been reading their books and learning more about them, I've been greatly enriched. The only complaint I have is that they have spoiled the reading of modern books for me :) the language just does not compare...their descriptions of God are unmatched by modern writers.

I greatly admire J.I. Packer; it's a blessing to listen to his lectures right from my laptop...incredible!

Thank you

I really appreciate this ministry. This free resource is tremendous for those of us desiring more study with quality thinkers. Thank you