• The Demise of Puritanism by

    In this series, we have unfolded the English Reformation politically with kings and queens, and theologically with advancements and setbacks. We have, as well, witnessed the rise of Puritanism with its desire to further reform the Reformation. After seeing Puritanism …

  • John Owen by

    Dr. Reeves testifies to England’s historical inability to produce theologians. He also mentions that perhaps the most famous British theologian ever was Pelagius, though he is hardly someone to emulate. However, one of the best candidates for the greatest …

  • Thomas Goodwin by

    In this lesson, we will move from the big picture of England under James I and Charles I to studying another individual, Thomas Goodwin (1600–1680). Unfortunately, very few people have even heard of Goodwin, even though at one time he …

  • Richard Sibbes by

    In this lesson, we will study Richard Sibbes (1577–1635), the Puritan once called the “heavenly doctor” due to his preaching and way of life. Izaak Walton said of Sibbes, “Of this blest man, let this just praise be given: heaven …

  • Henry VIII by

    In our first lesson, we studied the emergence of the English Reformation primarily from a theological perspective. It is also vital to grasp the political connections to the Reformation in England especially related to the role that kings and queens …

  • Elizabeth and the Rise of the Puritans by

    This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes.” With these words from Psalm 118:23, princess Elizabeth apparently greeted the news that Queen Mary had died (1558). The politically cunning Elizabeth came to the throne …

  • James I and Charles I by

    Having been introduced to Richards Sibbes, we will now look at the bigger picture of what’s going on in England about halfway through his life, at the end of Elizabeth’s long reign (1558–1603). At this time, to be …

  • Edward VI and Mary I by

    From the unintentional promotion of reform under Henry VIII, we move on to consider the reigns of Edward VI, the only son of Henry, and Mary I, his oldest daughter. By the time of Henry’s death (1547), the education …

  • Tyndale and the Early Reformers by

    The Reformation in England is a thrilling story of the recapturing of God’s grace. In this first lesson, Dr. Reeves relates the emergence of the English Reformation in connection to influences outside the country, especially Erasmus and Luther. We …

  • Cromwell and Charles II by

    In this lecture, we will continue from the previous lesson, in which we heard the rumblings of civil war in England between King Charles I (and the Royalists) and the Parliamentarians. The Parliamentarians were largely a Puritan faction, though the …