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.