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…

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…

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…

Karl Barth’s Early Life: A Journey to Rediscover a Lost Christianity

by Rachael Eaton Karl Barth, a prominent theologian of the twentieth century, entered into the theological scene during a time of history characterized by fear, change, and war. At the start of this century, World War I had just commenced, and liberal theology, a relatively new and controversial theological movement, more…

Brother Roger and the Formation of Taizé

by Annika Barrett What is it about the monastic community in Taizé, France that has inspired international admiration, especially among young people? Don’t most people today think of monasteries as archaic and dull, a place for religious extremists who were unable to marry? Yet, since its birth in the mid more…

John Wesley’s Theology of Salvation

by David Hendricks One of the main questions that every Christian tradition seeks to answer is: how can humanity be saved? There are many answers to that question. The Eastern Orthodox tradition tends to see sin as disease, and salvation as therapeutic, while Western Christianity tends to see sin as more…