The Puritans: Their History and Heroics
by Steven J. Lawson
Few generations ever assembled on the stage of human history have been more devoted to living for the glory of God than the Puritans of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. J. I. Packer has labeled these titans of church history, “the California Redwoods in the forest of Christianity.” Deeply rooted and grounded in the Scripture, J. C. Ryle asserted that in power as preachers, expositors, and writers, “the Puritans in their day were second to none.” Martyn Lloyd-Jones boldly maintained that “all that is good in evangelicalism finds its roots in Puritanism.” With meticulous discipline, the Puritans took the robust theology of the Reformers and were resolved to live it out in every area of their Christian lives. Strictly speaking, the Puritans were devout men and women within the Church of England at this time who sought to purify its doctrine and worship.