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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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The Terrifying God of William Perkins, Thomas Hooker, and Samuel Stone

The Terrifying God of William Perkins, Thomas Hooker, and Samuel Stone

(p.146) 6 The Terrifying God of William Perkins, Thomas Hooker, and Samuel Stone
Hartford Puritanism

Baird Tipson

Oxford University Press

In attacking Jesuit theology, William Perkins, Hooker’s widely influential theological mentor, systematically eliminated any unaided human initiative toward salvation. Jacobus Arminius found Perkins’s positions abhorrent and repudiated them, proposing instead a Protestant version of Jesuit positions. Hooker followed Perkins by explicitly exposing Arminian positions as crypto-Jesuit. Samuel Stone’s Whole Body of Divinity laid out a ferocious doctrine of predestination, more extreme than that in Calvin’s Institutes. From before the beginning of time, God intended not only to save a minority of his human creatures but also to send the remainder to hell. Though the sins committed by the reprobate allowed Hooker and Stone to claim that they had “deserved” eternal punishment, in fact it was God’s deliberate “plot” that they should be damned.

Keywords:   William Perkins, Jacobus Arminius, Whole Body of Divinity, reprobate, damnation

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