Puritanism in Fact and Fantasy – Mark Noll

In the 1920s, H.L. Mencken defined a Puritan as, “A person in constant dread that someone somewhere might be happy.”

Many think of the Puritans as a community of people with continually downcast expressions, sour affections, and long, jabbing pointy fingers.  Oh, and they’re probably carrying torches too; looking for witches to burn. 

I must say that when I downloaded this lecture, I expected to be bored.  Much to my surprise and delight, however, I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Noll’s presentation.  Not only did I find it extremely informative, but I especially enjoyed his willingness to fairly praise and criticize the Puritans.  It felt balanced.  Very balanced.  And I came away really feeling like I learned something about our Protestant forefathers.   

Difficulty: Intermediate

Length: Just short of an hour.  Q and A takes up 10 or 15 minutes at the end. 

Must Listen Factor: Well, let’s be honest here.  Not too many people are going to want to listen to this.  And that’s ok.  But look.  If you like history at all, as well as theology, then you’ll definitely want to give this a listen.  As for the rest, save space on your mp3 player.    

To Download: Click picture.  If your browser won’t open Itunes properly, simply open Itunes, search “Westminster Notable Guest Lecturers,” and look at #16 within the folder.

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