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Tuesday
Feb282012

Why do we need the Puritans?

From J.I. Packer's  introduction to the book Worldly Saints, by Leland Ryken.  We need the Puritans for their maturity:

Maturity is a compound of wisdom, goodwill, resilence, and creativity.  The Puritans exemplified maturity; we don't.  A much traveled leader, a native American (be it said), has declared that he finds North American Protestantism - man centered, manipulative, success-oriented, self-indulgent, and sentimental as it blatantly is - to be three thousand miles wide and half an inch deep.  We are spiritual dwarfs.  The Puritans, by contrast, as a body were giants.  They were great souls serving a great God.  In them, clear-headed passion and warm-hearted compassion combined.  Visionary and practical, idealistic and realistic too, goal-oriented and methodical, they were great believers, great hopers, great doers, and great sufferers.

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