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The Worship of the English Puritians

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Dr. Davies, professor of religious history at Princeton University, wrote this classic work on Reformed worship in the mid-1940's as his doctoral work. There are chapters on the theology of Reformed worship, the nature of English Puritanism, the place of the Word of God in worship, Puritan preaching, church discipline, extemporaneous prayers, prayer books, ordinations, and ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Soli Deo Gloria Ministries (first published September 1997)
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Adam T Calvert
Mar 06, 2015 Adam T Calvert rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology, history
If you don’t really like history (and I mean borderline love it), then this book may not be for you. Although, even if you just regular like history, I still wonder if maybe you should read this at some point.

I know the title doesn’t sound like a bestseller (well let’s be honest, it’s not a bestseller). But it is a great historical treatment about who the English Puritans were, what they were all about, and most importantly - why.

Apart from some church history classes in Bible college/seminary,
Thorough history attesting to the uniformity of the different groups of the Puritan tradition. Fair treatment of including critical voices in the midst of key thinkers. I specifically gained a greater appreciation of the work of Richard Baxter in regards to worship and liturgy. Certainly makes a good case that the Puritans, though seeing themselves as the offspring of Calvin, went far beyond Calvin's practices in restricting worship as a response to Roman abuses.
Apr 15, 2013 Gary rated it really liked it
Second read. Read previously in 2003. I think my opinion of it will be much more positive this time round.

Yes, I did appreciate in a whole new way on this reading.

Carefully argued and carefully documented. Being more liturgical than the Puritans and more Puritan than the Anglicans, Davis is well placed to do justice to both.

I particularly enjoyed the coverage of Prayer Books and the Savoy Conference.

Where I wouldn't agree so much is his love of Watts.

Loved it.
Jun 18, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it
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A very good overview of what the Puritans of England thought and how they worshiped. They agreed on the core issues, but didn't agree on much else. The Worship of the English Puritans was very instructive in the light of current Reformed squabbles. It isn't much different, but that doesn't make it any less sinful.
Feb 23, 2011 Al rated it liked it
Shelves: puritan
This is the companion to Davies' The Worship of the American Puritans, and is VERY dense. That being said, it's extremely well written, and contains a TON of information on the English Puritans. He covers how and why they worshipped the way they did and has a fascinating section on the dispute over corporate worship and what should be included in this worship. Well worth the time.
Douglas Wilson
Jan 28, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it
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Really good.
Jared Mcnabb
Nov 22, 2011 Jared Mcnabb rated it really liked it
Good Stuff. I wish Davies would have developed the theme of Anglicans having a Lutheran view of Scripture and worship more. However, his treatment of puritan worship was great.
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