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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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Hooker and Stone in England, Holland, and New England

Hooker and Stone in England, Holland, and New England

(p.25) 2 Hooker and Stone in England, Holland, and New England
Hartford Puritanism

Baird Tipson

Oxford University Press

This chapter includes brief biographies of Hooker and his younger colleague Samuel Stone. Hooker’s early experience led him to define himself as a “godly minister” whose preaching was marked by a particular style and content. Shaped during almost a half-century in England and Holland, his religious “program” needed only minor adjustments after his arrival in the New World. Despite modern Connecticut’s tendency to portray him as a liberal precursor to the Enlightenment, Hooker often behaved more like a stereotypical nineteenth-century bluestocking. He was a “busy controller,” committed to the “ways of exactness” and eager to regulate the lives of godly and ungodly alike. He was wrestling with fundamental Protestant challenges as he worked out the implications of Augustinian theology, the dominant theology of western Christendom. Rather than retreating from “Calvinism,” he and his colleague Samuel Stone embraced and extended the extreme Augustinian positions that the Institutes had laid out.

Keywords:   busy controller, exactness, Samuel Stone, Thomas Hooker, godly minister

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