Puritans and Evangelicals
May 3, 2014 9:45 AM Subscribe
How are modern US Evangelicals like (and different from) 17th century Puritans?
posted by cr_joe to Society & Culture (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Historians, theologians, and Evangelicals - I need your help!
I get it that both "Evangelical" and "Puritan" are pretty big and diverse things, and that comparing two groups of people separated by nearly 400 years is inherently difficult if not impossible. That said, let's rip into it!
What are some of the general theological and cultural differences between the two? The "age of accountability" and teetotaling spring to mind, but there have to be others.
What would Puritans make of the Evangelical attitude to the free market and charging of interest?
What about their respective attitudes to engagement in the politics?
Would they recognize each other as being part of the same religion?
Additional resources onine or in print are always welcome - Bonus points for the Massachusetts Bay Colony in general and John Harvard and the founding of Harvard College specifically.