The Puritans, it so happens, were neither overly dour nor exclusively black-clad; they were simply people who wanted most of all to serve God and to model their lives and churches as much as possible on biblical principles.
Their critics, on the other hand, were and are generally those least interested in God's decrees. Unfortunately, this biased view is the popular one, and has even affected the way Christians look back on these chronically misrepresented people.
Not that all the depictions are inaccurate—the Puritans did frown on sin, they did judge all things, and they were interested in the denial of the flesh. All of these, however, are things any Christian would affirm. Historically, the term Puritan referred to any member of the Church of England interested in purging every pernicious doctrine and practice from the Body of Christ.
They embraced Reformed theology wholeheartedly, preferring a presbyterian church government to the episcopal Catholic-influenced ecclesiology of the Anglican Church. They emphasized personal holiness and faith. They wrote long books about deep theological matters. Some of them were very smart. They all exalted Christ above the things of this world. They were the kind of Christians you'd look up to. It's no wonder the world hated them, and continues to do so.
Any group that emphasizes over and over the complete and utter sinfulness of every man, woman and child isn't likely to be popular. Even less popular were their constant calls to repentance, and constant preaching of the Gospel.
The Puritans believed Christians have a duty to glorify and enjoy God, and they took every opportunity to do so, through avenues as diverse as devotional study and prayer, public worship, the raising of families, literature, hard work, and vigorous living. We agree with them, and one of our goals at Exodus Books is to help rescue the Puritans from the slight history has dealt them, and restore them to the attention, admiration and interest of Christians of all denominations.
Below you'll find mostly books by the Puritans, with some about them as well. Keep in mind this isn't reading to be done on a lazy day in your favorite armchair or hammock; it's intense, often difficult, consistently convicting, and generally wearying if you aren't prepared for it.
Don't let that scare you away, though. If you're serious about your commitment to Christ, you should seriously study the Puritan writings. More realistic or God-fearing devotional and theological works are hard to come by; we offer these without reservation. Puritans believed that hard work was godly and because they believed that only an elect few would enter the kingdom of heaven, they were often attempting to prove themselves as righteous through hard work.
While working was a large theme in their writing, many Puritanical pieces were well thought out and examined in an effort to achieve earthly perfection. Tessa Holmes has been writing professionally since Her short stories and articles have been published on Relevantmagazine. Characteristics of Colonial American Literature. The Defining Ideas of Romanticism.
Themes of the English Restoration Poetry. Characteristics of Puritan Writing. Accessed 14 September Depending on which text editor you're pasting into, you might have to add the italics to the site name. Baroque Poetry Characteristics Maria Magher. The Literary Principles of the Neoclassical Age.
The Puritans believed Christians have a duty to glorify and enjoy God, and they took every opportunity to do so, through avenues as diverse as devotional study and prayer, public worship, the raising of families, literature, hard work, and vigorous living.
Classic Puritan Books. J. I. Packer’s Rare Puritan Library. History of the Westminster Assembly. Directory of Puritans. A Puritan's Mind. Grace Online Library. A Puritan Devotional Podcast. Church History Timeline: the Puritans. Centre for Dissenting Studies. Early English Books Online (EEBO).
Early literature written by Puritans in America often appeared as first person narratives in the form of journals and diaries. Early American colonists wrote their accounts of immigration, settling in America, and day-to-day life in journals to pass their stories down. One component of Puritan writing was a genre called Plain style. This type of literature was meant to show readers that Christ alone was righteous enough to be Savior and that people, symbolized by the characters of the story, would never be good enough to .
Puritan authors approached writing from a personal point of view, with many of their writings coming in the form of journals, diaries, and day-to-day experiences. By writing from a first-person perspective, thoughts are conveyed from . The Puritan movement of Jacobean times became distinctive by adaptation and compromise, with the emergence of "semi-separatism," "moderate puritanism," the writings of William Bradshaw, who adopted the term "Puritan" as self-identification, and the beginnings of congregationalism.