Hartford Puritanism: Thomas Hooker, Samuel Stone, and Their Terrifying God by Baird TipsonHartford Puritanism: Thomas Hooker, Samuel Stone, and Their Terrifying God by Baird Tipson

Hartford Puritanism: Thomas Hooker, Samuel Stone, and Their Terrifying God

byBaird Tipson

Hardcover | March 17, 2015

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Statues of Thomas Hooker and Samuel Stone grace downtown Hartford, Connecticut, but few residents are aware of the distinctive version of Puritanism that these founding ministers of Harford's First Church carried into to the Connecticut wilderness (or indeed that the city takes its name fromStone's English birthplace). Shaped by interpretations of the writings of Saint Augustine largely developed during the ministers' years at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Hartford's church order diverged in significant ways from its counterpart in the churches of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.Hartford Puritanism argues for a new paradigm of New England Puritanism. Hartford's founding ministers, Baird Tipson shows, both fully embraced - and even harshened - Calvin's double predestination. Tipson explores the contributions of the lesser-known William Perkins, Alexander Richardson, and JohnRogers to Thomas Hooker's thought and practice: the art and content of his preaching, as well as his determination to define and impose a distinctive notion of conversion on his hearers. The book draws heavily on Samuel Stone's The Whole Body of Divinity, a comprehensive exposition of his thoughtand the first systematic theology written in the American colonies. Virtually unknown today, The Whole Body of Divinity not only provides the indispensable intellectual context for the religious development of early Connecticut but also offers a more comprehensive description of the Puritanism ofearly New England than any other document.
Baird Tipson (A. B. Princeton; Ph. D. Yale) taught Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and Central Michigan University before becoming Provost of Gettysburg College (1987-1995), President of Wittenberg University (1995-2004), and President of Washington College (2004-2010). He presently teaches at Gettysburg College, contin...
Title:Hartford Puritanism: Thomas Hooker, Samuel Stone, and Their Terrifying GodFormat:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.41 × 6.61 × 1.61 inPublished:March 17, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements1. Creating the Thomas Hooker Brand2. Hooker and Stone in England, Holland, and New England3. The Reformation of Manners in Chelmsford4. Why People Want What They Want: St. Augustine of Hippo and His God5. The Search for Alternatives to Extreme Augustinianism6. The Terrifying God of William Perkins, Thomas Hooker, and Samuel Stone7. Richardsonian Ramism8. Preaching the Gospel in Chelmsford and Hartford9. Learning How To Imagine Conversion10. Hooker and Stone Preach Conversion11. Gaining Assurance of Salvation12. Identifying the Saints13. Concluding ReflectionsAppendix: Hooker's Metaphors of ConversionAbbreviations and BibliographyIndex

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"Baird Tipson has thoroughly mastered the writings and deeds - the life and times - of Thomas Hooker, founder of Connecticut and a leading American Puritan. The result is a splendid biography drawn from close attention to English, Dutch, and American sources, a brilliant (if also harrowing)account of Hooker's sharply predestinarian theology, and a much-needed corrective to misguided attempts at showing the modernity of this crucial figure. It is a strikingly effective book." --Mark A. Noll, author of America's God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln