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A History of Assumptions

In the last week or so I’ve been revisiting the primary sources of the often so-called New England Antinomian Controversy of 1636-1638. I’m repeatedly struck by the differences that were discovered among a group of people that assumed they were all on the same theological page. Yes, they knew that differing opinions were held with […]

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What do you think?

A feisty debate stirred the New England churches in 1636.  The question at stake was the nature of faith—what is it that makes a Christian? In an early exchange of letters between two of the pastors, Peter Bulkeley asked John Cotton whether he would agree that there must be “the work of faith in us […]

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History is Devotional

There are many motivations to read history.  It’s fun, if not downright hysterical to read stories that wouldn’t be believable if they were made up.  History is educational.  You discover where you’ve come from.  You learn how things came to be as there are now.  You can avoid the mistakes of the past. There are […]

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