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A Short History Of The Puritans

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Puritans were English Protestants, and England's Reformation spanned the years 1527-1660. According to the historian and minister Charles Hambrick-Stowe, "Puritanism in England, whatever else it accomplished in the economic, ecclesiastical, political, and social turmoil of the period, was a devotional movement dedicated to the spiritual regeneration of individuals and society". In Puritans in the New World, David Hall briefly explores the origin of the name "Puritan," as an interesting historical aside. Hall's reference is from Bradford 's Of Plymouth Plantation, where the term "Puritan" is traced to the fourth century C.E., and was apparently a kind of mockery that grew from a controversy within the Christian church. As Hall explains it, the Puritans of the seventeenth century embraced the term, and it became more generally associated with piety and commitment to God.

Keywords: Charles Hambrick-Stowe; church; David Hall; England's Reformation; God; Puritans



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