Posts Tagged ‘Puritans’

The Puritan hated bear-baiting

September 17, 2009

The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.

Thomas Macaulay

Does this tell us more about the Puritans or our prejudices against them?

Education: We study creation to find the Creator

August 5, 2009
Your study of physics and other sciences, is
not worth a rush, if it be not God by them that you seek
after. To see and admire, to reverence and adore, to love
and delight in God appearing to us in his works, and pur-
posely to peruse them for the knowledge of God, this is the
true and only philosophy, and the contrary is mere foolery,
and is called so again and again by God himself. This is
the sanctification of your studies, when they are devoted to
God, and when he is the life of them all, and they all intend
him as their end, and principal object. 

Therefore I shall presume to tell you by the way, that it
is a grand error, and of dangerous consequence in the Chris-
tian Academies. (Pardon the censure from one so unfit for
it, seeing the necessity of the case commandeth it,) that they
study the creature before the Redeemer, and set themselves
to physics, and metaphysics, and mathematics, before they
set themselves to Theology : when as, no man that hath not
the vitals of Theology is capable of going beyond a fool in
philosophy ; and all that such do is but doting about ques-
tions, and opposition of science, falsely so called. And as
by affecting a separated creature-knowledge Adam fell from

Richard Baxter, Reformed Pastor, 1830, p.219

Power of God’s Word

November 23, 2008

An ungodly Welsh clergyman, shopping at a fair in the eighteenth century, bought an article which happened to be wrapped in a page torn from an old Puritan folio. The reading of that one page led to his sound conversion. As Luther said, `Satan hates the use of pens,’ and never were pens more powerfully wielded in the cause of God than by the Puritan divines of the seventeenth century.