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Hartford PuritanismThomas Hooker, Samuel Stone, and Their Terrifying God$
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Baird Tipson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190212520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212520.001.0001

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Identifying the Saints

Identifying the Saints

(p.369) 12 Identifying the Saints
Hartford Puritanism

Baird Tipson

Oxford University Press

In Hartford, the godly community could restrict church membership to itself. The ecclesiola could become the ecclesia. How was this achieved in practice? Hooker adapted his English and Dutch experience to create church membership standards remarkably similar to those in Augustine’s Hippo Regius. Both Hooker and Stone remained skeptical of “liminal” conversion experiences and consciously rejected requiring prospective members to “relate” them. Rather than extraordinary experiences of God’s favor, it was godly behavior over a period of time, vetted by the “judgment of charity,” that qualified a prospective member for participation in the Lord’s Supper. Since one participated in the Lord’s Supper because one belonged to a carefully selected group of those deemed worthy to receive Christ’s body and blood in the bread and wine by faith; group acceptance would reinforce the conviction that a member was one of God’s chosen.

Keywords:   Augustine, relations of conversion, Lord’s Supper, church membership, judgment of charity

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