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Author: Steven Engler

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/157006807X244934 Method and Th eory in the Study of Religion 19 (2007) 301-322 M E T H O D T H E O R Y in the S T U D Y O F R E L I G I O N & Time, Habit, and Agency in English Puritanism Steven Engler Dept. of Humanities

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion

’), the Dutch translation of a work by the pioneer English Pietist Puritan, Arthur Hildersham (1563-1632). 1 The Author, Arthur Hildersham Born in Stetchworth (three miles south of Newmarket) in Cambridgeshire in 1563, Arthur Hildersham was brought up Roman Catholic by his parents, who intended for

In: Quaerendo
The Calvinist Predestination of a New Society
This book is a sociological analysis of the relationship between modern society, in particular America, and Calvinism in the Weberian tradition. While the book continues this tradition, it further expands, elaborates on, and goes beyond earlier sociological analyses. The book examines the impact of Calvinism on modern society as a whole, thus extending, elaborating on, and going beyond the previous analyses of the influence of the Calvinist religion only on the capitalist economy. It analyzes how Calvinism has determined most contemporary social institutions, including political, civic, cultural, and economic, in its respective societies, particularly, through its derivative Puritanism, America. For that purpose, the book applies the idea of the destiny of societies or nations to American society in particular. It argues, demonstrates, and illustrates the Calvinist societal "predestination", through the Puritan determination, of American society .

The terms “Puritan” and “Puritanism” were originally terms of abuse but were defined in 1646 by the Presbyterian John Geree (1601–49) as a moderate and middle way in religion: “The Old English Puritan was such an one that honoured God above all, and under God gave everyone his due. His first care

In: The Encyclopedia of Christianity Online
English Puritans and the Puritan Reformation, 1603-1689
Unity in Diversity presents a fresh appraisal of the vibrant and diverse culture of Stuart Puritanism, provides a historiographical and historical survey of current issues within Puritanism, critiques notions of Puritanisms, which tend to fragment the phenomenon, and introduces unitas within diversitas within three divergent Puritans, John Downame, Francis Rous, and Tobias Crisp. This study draws on insights from these three figures to propose that seventeenth-century English Puritanism should be thought of both in terms of Familienähnlichkeit, in which there are strong theological and social semblances across Puritans of divergent persuasions, and in terms of the greater narrative of the Puritan Reformation, which united Puritans in their quest to reform their church and society.
In Giles Firmin and the Transatlantic Puritan Tradition, Jonathan Warren Pagán offers an intellectual biography of Giles Firmin (1613/14–1697), who lived in both Old and New England and lived through many of the transitions of international puritanism in the seventeenth century. By contextualizing Firmin in his intellectual milieu, Warren Pagán also offers a unique vantage on the transition of puritanism to Dissent in late Stuart England, surveying changing approaches to ecclesiology, pastoral theology, and the ordo salutis among the godly during the Restoration through Firmin’s writings.

[German Version] The term “Puritan” first surfaced in early Elizabethan England in the 1560s as a denunciation of Protestants perceived to be excessively zealous in trying to purge the Church of England of “papist superstition.” Those targeted, who called themselves “the godly,” complained that the