The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism

The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism

by John Coffey
     
 

'Puritan' was originally a term of contempt, and 'Puritanism' has often been stereotyped by critics and admirers alike. As a distinctive and particularly intense variety of early modern Reformed Protestantism, it was a product of acute tensions within the post-Reformation Church of England. But it was never monolithic or purely oppositional, and its impact… See more details below

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'Puritan' was originally a term of contempt, and 'Puritanism' has often been stereotyped by critics and admirers alike. As a distinctive and particularly intense variety of early modern Reformed Protestantism, it was a product of acute tensions within the post-Reformation Church of England. But it was never monolithic or purely oppositional, and its impact reverberated far beyond seventeenth-century England and New England. This Companion broadens our understanding of Puritanism, showing how students and scholars might engage with it from new angles and uncover the surprising diversity that fermented beneath its surface. The book explores issues of gender, literature, politics and popular culture in addition to addressing the Puritans' core concerns such as theology and devotional praxis, and coverage extends to Irish, Welsh, Scottish and European versions of Puritanism as well as to English and American practice. It challenges readers to re-evaluate this crucial tradition within its wider social, cultural, political and religious contexts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521678001
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/27/2008
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Religion Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
633,190
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors ix

Introduction John Coffey Paul C. H. Lim

Part I English Puritanism

1 Antipuritanism Patrick Collinson 19

2 The growth of English Puritanism John Craig 34

3 Early Stuart Puritanism Tom Webster 48

4 The Puritan Revolution John Morrill 67

5 Later Stuart Puritanism John Spurr 89

Part II Beyond England

6 Puritanism and the continental Reformed Churches Anthony Milton 109

7 The Puritan experiment in New England, 1630-1660 Francis J. Bremer 127

8 New England, 1660-1730 David D. Hall 143

9 Puritanism in Ireland and Wales Crawford Gribben 159

10 The problem of Scotland's Puritans Margo Todd 174

Part III Major themes

11 Practical divinity and spirituality Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe 191

12 Puritan polemical divinity and doctrinal controversy Dewey D. Wallace, Jr 206

13 Puritans and the Church of England: historiography and ecclesiology Paul C. H. Lim 223

14 Radical Puritanism, C. 1558-1660 David R. Como 241

15 Puritan millenarianism in Old and New England Jeffrey K. Jue 259

16 The godly and popular culture Alexandra Walsham 277

17 Puritanism and gender Ann Hughes 294

18 Puritanism and literature N. H. Keeble 309

Part IV Puritanism and posterity

19 Puritan legacies John Coffey 327

20 The historiography of Puritanism Peter Lake 346

Index 373

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