Puritans and Predestination: Grace in English Protestant Theology, 1525-1695

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, 17 мар. 2004 г. - Всего страниц: 304
A major contribution to Puritan scholarship, 'Puritans and Predestination' presents the first consistent and thorough historical analysis of a key Puritan theological concept - predestination.

For almost two centuries prior to 1695, English religious and cultural life endured a period of great upheaval. Dewey Wallace illuminates this complex era by tracing patterns of religious thought that took root in early English Protestantism and by explaining their social, cultural, and ecclesiastical implications.

'Puritans and Predestination' concludes that the differences between Puritan and Anglican theology were often subtle and sometimes nonexistent. Central to Protestant theology was the doctrine of grace - the notion that salvation was a divine gift, a free gift to those who believed. Among the many elements that constituted the doctrine of grace, predestination was the foremost. Wallace believes that shifting attitudes toward and emphases on predestination serve as both a measure of the extent of theological unity and an index of theological change.

Among the significant conclusions documented in the course of this study are the importance of the Bucerian order of salvation in the early English Reformation, the anachronistic character of reading sharp differences in outlook between Puritan and Anglican, and the centrality of the piety and theology of grace in Puritanism. Wallace also explores the radically innovative character of the Laudian and Arminian theology, the inroads of rationalistic moralism into theology by the middle of the seventeenth century, and the emergence among later Stuart Dissenters of an evangelical pietism prefiguring the religion of the awakenings.

This book will be indispensable to those interested in Puritanism and the theology of the Church of England.

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Trends in the Elizabethan and Jacobean
The Arminian Controversies 1 6101 6 50
The Antinomian Catalyst and
Divine Grace Defended in a New Age
Conclusion Reflections on the Meaning of a Piety
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Dewey D. Wallace, Ph.D., is Professor of Religion at George Washington University.

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