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Puritans
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The terms “Puritan” and “Puritanism” were originally terms of abuse but were defined in 1646 by the Presbyterian John Geree (1601–49) as a moderate and middle way in religion: “The Old English Puritan was such an one that honoured God above all, and under God gave everyone his due. His first care was to serve God … making the word of God his rule in worship. He highly esteemed order in the house of God: but would not under colour of that sub…

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Ward, W. Reginald and Kidd, Thomas S., “Puritans”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 27 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.188>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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