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Puritan View of Children - by Michael Phillips
The Puritan View of Life - Part 5 of 14
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Ephesians 6:4
Dec 16, 2001 pm - Children Today, with God's blessing, we'll proceed in our monthly study of Puritan life. The Puritans-you remember-were English and American Christians who prospered from about 1550 to 1700. They were not perfect in their understanding of God's Word, of course, or its application to their lives, but they worked at it with an energy and a consistency few modern believers can match. Without following them on every point, we can learn from the Puritans. And ought to. The book we've been using to guide us was written fifteen years ago by a Leland Ryken, a professor of English at Wheaton College. It's called Worldly Saints: The Puritans as They Really Were. If you like to read books, I highly recommend it; if you're interested in the Puritans at all, there's no better place to start. Thus far, we've read them on work, sex, money, and marriage. Now, we'll move on to the Puritan view of children-especially the discipline and teaching of them. THE ASSUMPTIONS When it comes to bringing up children, the Puritans proceeded on two assumptions. The first is that children are born evil. Puritanism was a branch of the Reformed Faith, which has always taught the doctrine of total depravity. ... More >>>

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