Puritan Spirituality: The Fear of God in the Affective Theology of George Swinnock

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Without minimizing the validity of the social, political, and ecclesiastical approaches to this field of study, Yuille affirms that the essence of Puritanism is found in its spirituality. He demonstrates this by turning to a relatively unknown Puritan, George Swinnock (1627-1673). At the root of Swinnock's spirituality was his concept of fear of God as the proper ordering of the soul's faculties after the image of God. This concept is pivotal to Swinnock's spirituality, because he viewed it as the Christian's ...

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Overview

Without minimizing the validity of the social, political, and ecclesiastical approaches to this field of study, Yuille affirms that the essence of Puritanism is found in its spirituality. He demonstrates this by turning to a relatively unknown Puritan, George Swinnock (1627-1673). At the root of Swinnock's spirituality was his concept of fear of God as the proper ordering of the soul's faculties after the image of God. This concept is pivotal to Swinnock's spirituality, because he viewed it as the Christian's true principles of practice. Yuille shows the prevalence of this paradigm among Swinnock's fellow Puritans, and sets it in a historical tradition extending back to Augustine through Calvin.

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J. Stephen Yuille (PhD, London School of Theology) is the preaching elder at Braidwood Bible Chapel. He is also part-time Professor of Biblical Studies with Toronto Baptist Seminary

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J. Stephen Yuille (PhD, London School of Theology) is the preaching elder at Braidwood Bible Chapel. He is also a part-time Professor of Biblical Studies with Toronto Baptist Seminary. He earned his BA from the University of Toronto, his MTS from Toronto Baptist Seminary and his MDiv from Tyndale Seminary. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario, with his wife, Alison and daughter Laura.
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Table of Contents

Foreword J. I. Packer Packer, J. I.

Introduction 1

Ch. 1 Puritanism 5

Ch. 2 George Swinnock 18

Ch. 3 The Whole Man 32

Ch. 4 The Fear of God 71

Ch. 5 Obedience: The Expression of Love for God 96

Ch. 6 Godliness: The Christian Man's Calling 112

Ch. 7 Discipline: The Pursuit of the Means of Grace 157

Ch. 8 Meditation: The Gateway between Head and Heart 190

Conclusion 214

Bibliography 219

Index 239

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