Life & Learning @ Ludlow
Thursday 30 January
10:00am — 12:00noon
Ludlow Mascall Centre
A lecture by Revd Dr Chris Moore
Today, the word ‘Puritan’ is not a happy one. It conjures up images of
frowning men and women in drab clothes. It speaks of joy-killing
legalism and, in the words of H L Mencken, “the haunting fear that
someone, somewhere, may be happy”.
So much for the stereotype. In reality, the Puritans were a scholarly
group - John Owen was Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford
and Dean of Christ Church - who wished to see the Reformation
prevail in the Church of England. Out of the turmoil of England’s Civil
War arose a rich, theological flowering of a distinctively English
theology whose great catechism gives the ‘chief end of man’ as ‘to
glorify God, and to enjoy him forever’.
Who were the Puritans, and what did they believe? How might we
challenge the stereotypes and reclaim this distinctively English
theological tradition? And might they still have something to say to
us about life lived in enjoyment of God?
The Revd Dr Chris Moore is Rector of Fownhope. Whilst his
academic work is in the area of New Testament Doctrine, his abiding
interest is in the history of the British church in the seventeenth and
Tickets: £8.00 (including morning coffee)
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