"Worldly Saints: The Puritans as They Really Were" by Leland Ryken

Sunday, 01 Mar 1992

Away with the caricatured scapegoating of the Puritans! Ryken’s work draws from the Puritans’ own writings to dispel the popular myths surrounding them. J. I. Packer in his foreword to the book sums it up nicely: “[T]he typical Puritans were not wild men, fierce and freaky, religious fanatics and social extremists, but sober, conscientious, and cultured citizens, persons of principle, determined and disciplined, excelling in the domestic virtues,…..At last the record has been put straight.” Ryken recovers a far more accurate understanding of the Puritans by knocking over one misconception after another. His selections ...

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