Auctoritas Patrum?: The Reception of the Church Fathers in Puritanism (Mainzer Studien Zur Amerikanistik 58 New edition)

Auctoritas Patrum?: The Reception of the Church Fathers in Puritanism (Mainzer Studien Zur Amerikanistik 58 New edition)

By: Anne-Stephane Schaefer (author)Hardback

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This study focuses on how Puritans in England and especially New England used the church fathers when reading the Bible and defending Congregationalism. The analysis of a variety of textual genres and largely unedited sources written between 1592 and 1728 shows that patristic sources are often cited. Contrary to the widespread assumption that they embraced a fundamentalist Biblicism, Puritans prove to be fully engaged in the rich traditional theological discourse and display a remarkable knowledge of the church fathers. Their authority was that of close witnesses of the primitive age rather than conclusive evidence that would compromise the sola scriptura principle. The church fathers were an integral part of the professional training of Puritan ministers, who relied on them as interpretive aids in exegesis and as model homilists. The findings also suggest that Puritans perceived of New England in terms of typological continuity, with early Christians as models to be imitated regarding church membership, baptism, church office and discipline as well as endurance in times of persecution and dissent.

About Author

Ann-Stephane Schafer graduated from Mainz University with a degree in Business Administration (2002) and American Studies, Business Administration and Economics (MA, 2004). In 2000/2001, she studied and worked at Georgia State University in Atlanta (USA), where she was involved in the first edition of Cotton Mather's Biblia Americana. She received a doctoral scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation (2005-2008) and currently works as a senior lecturer of English at the Department of Business at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz and as an adjunct lecturer at Mainz University.


Contents: A Case against Claiming the Fathers? William Perkins's Probleme of the Forged Catholicisme... (1604, 1631) - The Appeal to the Fathers and Patristic Learning - Exegesis in Theory and Practice (biblical commentary and lecture, homiletics and preaching - Ecclesiology (baptism, church membership, Congregationalism, church office, church discipline).

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  • ISBN13: 9783631607442
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 449
  • ID: 9783631607442
  • weight: 680
  • ISBN10: 363160744X
  • edition: New edition

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