Topics

J.I. Packer on the English Puritans

J. I. Packer defends the English Puritans in “Physicians of the Soul,” an article published in the Winter 2006 issue of Christian History magazine. Packer sets the record straight on a number of issues. Consider these statements:

Their dream was holiness in their own lives and in the lives of those around them. The Puritans didn’t talk about the “state”; they simply talked about conducting all of life in a way that honored God and respected other people. That was their idea of community. The perfect church was a church containing families that practiced holiness and worshipped with a purged liturgy under the leadership of a minister who was a powerful preacher of the Bible.