Who Are the Puritans
and What Do They Teach?
The author shows that the Puritans were men of deep theological understanding and vision who prayed and taught fervently to the end that the earth might be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God as the waters cover the sea. Their careful Biblical teaching did more to equip believers for a stable, holy walk than any ministers in history, and they were strongest where the churches are weakest today.
Who were those great people of faith, the Puritans? When did they live? What did they accomplish? What did they teach? Erroll Hulse seeks to introduce modern Christians to the finest theological inheritance ever. His concern extends beyond narrating the story. He wants to create enthusiasm for the Puritans in order to profit from their practical example and benefit from their unique balance of doctrine, experience and practice.
“It is my pleasure to recommend this new introduction to the Puritans by one who has long mined in these quarries.” — Michael Haykin, Professor of Church History, Heritage Baptist College and Theological Seminary London, Ontario (Canada)
- Foreword by Michael Haykin
- Introduction: The Relevance of the Puritans
Part 1: The Story of the Puritans
- Antecedents of the Puritans
- The development of the Puritan movement through the spiritual brotherhood (1558-1603)
- The full flowering of Puritanism (1603-1662)
- An explanation of the Puritan story
- The legacy of the Puritans
Part 2: The Lives of the Puritans
- The first generation
- The second generation
- The third generation
- Other well-known Puritans
- The demise of the Puritan movement
Part 3: Help from the Puritans
- The Westminster Confession and justification
- The Puritans and a stable doctrine of divine sovereignty and human responsibility
- The recovery of the Lord’s Day
- Marriage and the family
- A biblical basis for spiritual experience
- A robust doctrine of assurance
- Hope for the future of the church
- The warrant of faith and the way to faith
- The primacy of preaching
- Imaginative expository preaching
- The reality of sin
- Were the Puritans narrow-minded bigots?
- How do Baptists relate to the Puritans?
- Oxford and Cambridge Universities
- The Reformation in Scotland
- The Puritan / Westminster Conference
- The ongoing influence of the Puritans
About the Author
Erroll Hulse (1931-2017) was born at Fort Beaufort in the Cape of South Africa in 1931. He graduated from Pretoria University, 1954, in architecture and later studied at London Bible College. In 1957 he co-founded The Banner of Truth with Iain Murray. Hulse also serves as editor of Reformation Today (since 1970) and director of Evangelical Press (since 1974). His pastoral experience includes Cuckfield 1962-1984, Liverpool 1984 to 1988 and as elder and associate pastor at Leeds Reformed Baptist Church 1988 to 2008.
Since 1981 Hulse has served the London Westminster Conference Committee. He founded the International Fellowship of Reformed Baptists (IFRB) and has established African Pastors’ Conferences in Botswana, Zimbabwe, and in eight locations in South Africa. His international ministry has included preaching at conferences and in churches in Asia (Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Myanmar), Europe (Romania, Latvia, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Malta), and North and South America and Africa. He has fulfilled 45 preaching tours in the USA and 35 in southern Africa.
Books published by Hulse include The Only Savior, The Great Invitation Who Saves, God or Me?, Sanctifying the Lord’s Day, Adoniram Judson and the Missionary Call, Let’s Pray for Global Revival, Give Him No Rest, An Introduction to the Baptists, Who Are The Puritans?, Baptism and Church Membership, and The Believer’s Experience.
Erroll and his wife Lyn have four children and eight grandchildren.