The English Connection

The English Connection

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qSeventeenth-century England was a confused world of conflicting religious thought, made more complex by the tumultuous events of the English Civil Wars and the Interregnum under Oliver Cromwell. Puritanism, a thoroughly Protestant off shoot of the Reformation in England, was to take centre stage in these years, coming to prominence as a direct result of the conflict that would see the execution of an English king. It is argued in 'The English Connection' that Seventh-day Adventism, established over two centuries later in nineteenth-century America, can trace its roots back to this distinct form of seventeenth-century English Puritanism. Dr. Ball explores the connection between Puritanism and Seventh-day Adventism by examining doctrinal tenets adopted in England, such as Gospel obedience and the suffi ciency of Scripture. In this way, he dexterously proves the continuity and cohesion of Puritan ideas from their growth in the early-modern world to the thriving present-day community of Seventh-day Adventists. This book will appeal to those with an academic or general interest in English Puritanism and seventeenth-century England, as well as to all practising Adventists and members of the wider Christian community intrigued by the relationship between contemporary Christian thought and traditional Puritan doctrine.qGiven the inspiration of the Bible, the most important question of all comes at the level of personal understanding. ... of the Spirit mediating the written word, a#39;then Christ speaks to the hearta#39;.54 Thus John Flavel explains the relationship of Word and Spirit. ... that both Word and Spirit may guide us to life everlastinga#39;.55 The inspiration of Scripture had been directly effected by the influence of the Spirit on theanbsp;...

Title:The English Connection
Author: Bryan W. Ball
Publisher:James Clarke & Co - 2014-09-30

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