Puritan Timeline

The Puritans: 1600-1699

Richard Baxter, John Owen, Blaise Pascal, John Bunyan, and The Westminster Assembly

  • 1603 Arminius takes the position that predestination is based on fore-knowledge
  • 1603 James I becomes King
  • 1604 The Puritans meet James at Hampton Court. Their hopes are dashed
  • 1609 d. Jacobus Arminius
  • 1610 b. Brother Lawrence
  • 1610 The Arminians issue the Remonstrance containing 5 articles
  • 1611 The King James Version, the most influential English translation of the Bible
  • 1615 b. Puritan Richard Baxter, author of The Reformed Pastor
  • 1616 b. Puritan John Owen, called the Calvin of England

The Reformed Pastor The Reformed Pastor
By Richard Baxter / Banner Of Truth

Richard Baxter (1615-1691) was vicar of Kidderminster from 1647 to 1661. In an introduction to this reprint, Dr. J.I. Packer describes him as “the most outstanding pastor that Puritanism produced.” His ministry transformed the people of Kidderminster from “an ignorant rude and revelling people” to “a godly worshipping community.”

The Death of Death in the Death of ChristThe Death of Death in the Death of Christ
By John Owen / Banner Of Truth

The Death of Death in the Death of Christ is a polemical work designed to show, among other things, that the doctrine of universal redemption is unscriptural and destructive of the gospel. Nobody has a right to dismiss the doctrine of the limitedness of the atonement as a monstrosity of Calvinistic logic until he has refuted Owen’s proof that it is part of the uniform biblical presentation of redemption, clearly taught in plain text after plain text.

For More, see: Major Works of John Owen and John Owen Studies

Puritanism (both Puritan Works and Studies)

  • 1618 The Book of Sports is published. It contradicts the Puritan view of the Sabbath, but Puritans are forced to read it
  • 1618-1619 The Synod of Dort is called in the Netherlands to answer the Arminians. The response forms 5 point Calvinism
  • 1620 Plymouth, Massachusetts colony founded by Puritans
  • 1623 b. Blaise Pascal
  • 1623 b. Francis Turretin
  • 1625 Charles I becomes King. He too is against the Puritans
  • 1628 William Laud becomes Bishop of London and steps up oppression of the Puritans
  • 1628 b. Puritan John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress among many other works of poetry and prose

Pilgrim's Progress: One Man's Search for Eternal Life -A Christian Allegory Pilgrim’s Progress: One Man’s Search for Eternal Life -A Christian Allegory
By John Bunyan / Baker

For centuries, millions have cherished this evangelical masterpiece. Written in prison, it’s an insightful allegory of the conflict between religion and society, featuring Bunyan’s own spiritual struggle as he found salvation in Christ and began preaching. Journey with Christian as he travels toward the Celestial City!

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment
By J. Burroughs / Banner Of Truth

Burroughs’ writings, some published before and others after his death, were numerous but The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment is one of the most valuable of them all. Its author was much concerned to promote (1) peace among believers of various ‘persuasions’ (2) peace and contentment in the hearts of individual believers during what he describes as ‘sad and sinking times’. The Rare Jewel concentrates upon this second aim. It is marked by sanity, clarity, aptness of illustration, and worth of appeal to the heart.

Puritanism (both Puritan Works and Studies)

  • 1629 Charles I dismisses Parliament
  • 1630 John Winthrop and many Puritans migrate to America
  • 1632 b. Locke, founder of empiricism
  • 1633 The Book of Sports is renewed
  • 1636 Harvard founded by Puritans
  • 1638 The National Covenant
  • 1640 Charles I summons Parliament. They curtail his power
  • 1643 The Solemn League and Covenant
  • 1643-1646 The Westminster Assembly

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The Westminster Shorter Catechism Songs Vol. 1 CD Cover The Westminster Shorter Catechism Songs
4 Volumes by Holly Dutton, Director of Worship at Trinity Presbyterian Church (Norfolk, VA)

These songs are a fresh and engaging way to take in the Shorter Catechism. The tunes aid in memorization, as well. (The Shorter Catechism was intended by its authors to be memorized by children. The music pleases the ear, and the theology touches the heart. 5 Stars.

Westminster Confession of Faith Westminster Confession of Faith
By Banner Of Truth

The Westminster Confession of Faith is the greatest of all the creeds of the Christian Church. Since its first publication in 1646 it has remained absolutely unsurpassed as an accurate and concise statement of Christian doctrine. Among all the shifting sands of theological opinion here is solid truth, for it has its foundation in the unchanging truth of Scripture–witness the copious references from the Bible which are printed on each page. Because of its faithfulness to Scripture the Confession has permanent worth and abiding relevance.

Puritanism (both Puritan Works and Studies)

  • 1646 Cromwell’s army defeats the King at the Battle of Naseby
  • 1647 George Fox founds the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • 1649 Charles I is executed. Oliver Cromwell becomes Lord Protector
  • c. 1650’s Brother Lawrence became a monk, and “walk(ed) with God around a kitchen for forty years” (Great Christian Books, 57) But he did it to glorify God

The Practice of the Presence of God The Practice of the Presence of God
By Brother Lawrence / BakerFor three centuries the writings of Brother Lawrence have taught Christians that God is as present in the kitchen as in the cathedral and as accessible in the living room as He is around the Lord’s table. This simple, yet profound teaching will empower you to seek the joy of God’s presence in the midst of every moment and circumstance.

  • 1654 Conversion of Pascal. He started collecting notes for an Apology for the Christian Religion. It was unfinished, but his notes were published posthumously as Pensees
  • 1658 d. Cromwell
  • 1660 Charles II becomes King of England
  • 1661-1663 John Eliot publishes the Bible in Algonkian, a Native American language. Over the course of his life he also helped plant at least 14 Native American churches
  • 1662 d. Pascal

Pensées Pensées
By Blaise Pascal / Penguin Putnam Inc.

(PUBPenguin)New! Updated edition of the famous Krailsheimer translation, the first to follow the order of notes as Pascal left them. This unfinished apology for Christianity was meant to confound the followers of Descartes by emphasizing the inadequacy of reason. 368 pages, softcover.

  • 1662 New Act of Uniformity, over two thousand Puritan pastors resign or are forced out
  • 1675 Philip Jacob Spener’s Pia Desideria helps begin the pietist movement
  • Edict of Nantes is revoked, making Protestantism illegal again in France. Many huguenots emigrated, some stayed and met in secret
  • 1685 b. J.S.Bach, called the fifth evangelist
  • 1687 d. Turretin. His Institutes of Elentic Theology were published the next year
  • 1688 William and Mary take the throne. Puritans are free to preach and establish their own churches
  • 1691 d. Brother Lawrence
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