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

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

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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.

""[H]ere we are reminded of the importance of this great biblical theme of the fear of the Lord. And once again, past wisdom proves richly instructive for present church life.""
--Michael A. G. Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

""This is the first, and a first class, major study of the spirituality of a forgotten Puritan, George Swinnock. Yuille is to be congratulated on bringing to light the intrinsic connection between the fear of God and sanctification in Swinnock's theology, the former being the logical cause of the latter.""
--Dennis Ngien, Research Professor of Theology, Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, Canada

""All who see Puritan piety as an integral element in the church's evangelical heritage will find George Swinnock's teaching, both in his own writings and as set forth here, a rich and reliable resource for practice. . . . For successfully deploying what he has found, Dr Yuille must be profoundly thanked.""
--James I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada

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. He earned his BA from the University of Toronto, his MTS from Toronto Baptist Seminary, and his MDiv from Tyndale Seminary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556358678
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/2008
Series: Studies in Christian History and Thought Series
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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. He earned his BA from the University of Toronto, his MTS from Toronto Baptist Seminary, and his MDiv from Tyndale Seminary.

Table of Contents


Foreword   J. I. Packer     xiii
Preface     xv
Acknowledgements     xvii
Introduction     1
Puritanism     5
Ecclesiastical Movement     5
Political Movement     8
Theological Movement     10
Spiritual Movement     13
Conclusion     17
George Swinnock     18
The School of Religion     19
The Eminent Servant     20
The Universities     23
The Christian Heathen     25
The Historic Witness     27
The Pious Divines     28
Conclusion     30
The Whole Man     32
The Faculties of the Soul     32
The Nature of the Image     34
The Purpose of the Image     36
The Corruption of the Image     39
The Nature of Sin     43
Sin in the Mind     45
Sin in the Affections     49
Sin in the Will     50
The Evil of Sin     54
The Renewal of the Image     56
The Efficient Cause     56
The Moving Cause     58
The Instrumental Cause     59
The Formal Cause     63
The Final Cause     69
Conclusion     70
The Fear of God     71
The Affections     72
The Object of Fear     75
The Nature of Fear     78
Love     79
Desire     81
Delight     82
Trust     85
Hope     86
Fear     87
Sorrow     88
Hatred     91
The Effect of Fear     93
Conclusion     94
Obedience: The Expression of Love for God     96
The Fear of God and the Law     96
The Fear of God and the Sermon on the Mount     100
The Fear of God and the Covenant     107
Conclusion     111
Godliness: The Christian Man's Calling     112
The Nature of Self-Control     112
The Fear of God in All Actions     120
Natural     121
Recreational     122
Puritan Asceticism     123
The Fear of God in All Vocations     128
The Fear of God in All Relations     131
Parents and Children     132
Husbands and Wives      133
Masters and Servants     140
The Puritan Home     141
Good and Evil Company     144
The Fear of God in All Conditions     145
Prosperity and Adversity     145
The Mystery of God's Providence     147
Moderation     154
Conclusion     155
Discipline: The Pursuit of the Means of Grace     157
Spiritual Duties     157
Praying     159
Hearing and Reading God's Word     161
Receiving the Lord's Supper     168
Keeping the Lord's Day     173
The Market Day for the Soul     173
The Nature of Sabbatarianism     175
The Origin of Sabbatarianism     180
The Zeal of Mr. Thomas Wilson     183
Grace and Duty     186
Conclusion     188
Meditation: The Gateway between Head and Heart     190
A Definition     190
The Art of Divine Meditation     195
Meditation in the Mind     198
The Majesty of God     199
The Severity of Sin     201
The Beauty of Christ     202
The Certainty of Death     203
The Finality of Judgment      203
The Misery of Hell     204
The Glory of Heaven     205
Meditation in the Affections     206
Meditation in the Will     208
The Puritan Meditative Tradition     209
Conclusion     212
Conclusion     214
Bibliography     219
Index     239

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"Trends in theology are often like those in clothing: passionate about the present look, eager to forget the past and all-consuming. But unlike clothing, theology is about eternal verities and should not be governed by passing fancies. The fear of God is one such verity that has been much overlooked by contemporary obscurity and here we are reminded of the importance of this great biblical theme of the fear of the Lord. And once again, past wisdom proves richly instructive for present church life."

— Michael A. G. Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, USA

"All who see Puritan piety as an integral element in the churchs evangelical heritage will find George Swinnocks teaching, both in his own writings and as set forth here, a rich and reliable resource for practice... For successfully distilling the essence of Swinnock, and fruitfully deploying what he has found, Dr Yuille must be profoundly thanked."

— James I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, BC, Canada

"This is the first, and a first class, major study of the spirituality of a forgotten Puritan, George Swinnock. Yuille is to be congratulated on bringing to light the intrinsic connection between the fear of God and sanctification in Swinnocks theology, the former being the logical cause of the latter."

— Dennis Ngien, Research Professor of Theology, Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, ON, Canada

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