17th Century

A Brief Overview of the Puritan Movement

By Nick Healey The term Puritan originated in sixteenth-century England, and it was initially a term of abuse towards nonconformist clergy in the Church of England because they insisted on the need to purify the Church. These nonconformists “preferred to think of themselves as the ‘godly’, because they sought to more…

Jacob Arminius: The Humble Reformer and his Theology

by Matt Goodale Jacob Arminius is well known for his dissension with the Calvinist doctrine of predestination and for his resultant rejoinder which incited the Arminian view of predestination to oppose the Calvinist doctrine. However, while his predestination theology is well studied and commonly known, Arminius is one of the more…

Oliver Cromwell

by Ian Ritchie Monarchy in England was abolished on a cold and snowy day when, on January 30th, 1649, King Charles I was beheaded for high treason. Simultaneously, Oliver Cromwell—political and military leader of the Puritan Revolution and the main figure of the English Civil War—ascended to power. Born in more…

The Life and Thought of John Milton

by Peyton Murphy Few authors in Christendom have risen to the height of John Milton. A poet, theologian, reformer and political writer, Milton played a large part in rise of the Puritan government in England and the expressions of its beliefs, and also wrote a good amount concerning his own more…

Paradise Lost and the Puritan Movement

by Peyton Murphy In the early 1660’s, English poet and writer John Milton was a man whose life was in turmoil. He had lost his government job, his home, and was forced into hiding by the return of England’s monarch.1 England in the mid-seventeenth century was country in turmoil – more…