The Cambridge Companion to Puritanismby John Coffey, Paul Chang-Ha Lim
Pub. Date: 11/10/2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
'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
'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.
Table of ContentsIntroduction John Coffey and Paul C. H. Lim; Part I. English Puritanism: 1. Antipuritanism Patrick Collinson; 2. The growth of English Puritanism John Craig; 3. Early Stuart Puritanism Tom Webster; 4. The Puritan revolution John Morrill; 5. Later Stuart Puritanism John Spurr; Part II. Beyond England: 6. Puritanism and the Continental Reformed Churches Anthony Milton; 7. The Puritan experiment in New England, 1630–60 Francis J. Bremer; 8. New England, 1660–1730 David D. Hall; 9. Puritanism in Ireland and Wales Crawford Gribben; 10. The problem of Scotland's Puritans Margo Todd; Part III. Major Themes: 11. Practical divinity and spirituality Charles Hambrick-Stowe; 12. Puritan polemical divinity and doctrinal controversy Dewey D. Wallace, Jr.; 13. Puritans and the Church of England: historiography and ecclesiology Paul C. H. Lim; 14. Radical Puritanism, c.1558–1660 David R. Como; 15. Puritan millenarianism in old and New England Jeffrey K. Jue; 16. The Godly and popular culture Alexandra Walsham; 17. Puritanism and gender Ann Hughes; 18. Puritanism and literature N. H. Keeble; Part IV. Puritanism and Posterity: 19. Puritan legacies John Coffey; 20. The historiography of Puritanism Peter Lake.
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