Fire and Ice: Puritan and Reformed Writings
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About the Puritans

I am often asked for general information about the Puritans. The links below should help people inquiring about who the Puritans were, what they believed, and so on. You might also check the History and Biography Index.

I also recommend the book Worldly Saints: the Puritans as They Really Were by Leland Ryken, published by Zondervan. Not only is it an excellent introduction to the Puritans, it has a superb bibliography. You can order it from Cumberland Valley. They can be reached at 1-800-656-0231.

The best introduction to Puritan theology is J.I. Packer's A Quest for Godliness, The Puritan View of the Christian Life, published by Crossway Books. It is also available from Cumberland Valley.

For more information about reading the Puritans, consult the FAQ Page.

About the Puritans

The Example of the English Puritans by Erroll Hulse, editor of Reformation Today magazine. A valuable introduction to the Puritans and their significance today. He briefly mentions some of their theological and philosophical distinctives.

The Pilgrims and Puritans by Samuel T. Logan, Jr. A helpful article from Tabletalk magazine about the historical background of the English Puritans and the Pilgrims who came to New England.

Spiritual Characteristics of the First Christian Society in America by Iain Murray. An article from the Banner of Truth about the Pilgrims, their Christian society in Plymouth, and their legacy. (43K) Word  PDF

In Defence of the Puritans by Martin Brown. Written as an 'apologia' for his study of the Puritans, this is an essay intended for students and seminarians, but helpful to all. Word  PDF.

Who the Puritans Were

John Geree: The Character of an Old English Puritan (Grace Chapel)

What the Puritans Believed

The texts of the Westminster Confession, Catechisms, and Summary of Saving Knowledge may be found at Reformed Theology Resources (CRTA) in their Historical Documents section. Some documents from the Congregational Churches are found there as well.

The Beauties of Boston Some extracts from Thomas Boston representative of the Puritans on a variety of theological topics. (Although Boston lived somewhat after the "classical" Puritans.)
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