April 23rd, 2020

introduction to 17th century English Puritanism

It is 9:53 AM Thursday morning here in West Michigan. It is another cold gray dismal day. I wish the day was full of sunshine instead of gray sky.

I got up this morning around 6:15 AM to face existence. Carol got up the same time I did, she slept in this morning. So my wife and I got up to face another day of being in a world wide plague.

This morning Carol went down the street to babysit our two small granddaughters. I filmed a video this morning and I want to now list the books I showed folks in that video/ which was an introduction to Puritan Theology and Spirituality.

'The Genius Of Puritanism' By Peter Lewis

'Introduction To Puritan Theology: A Reader' Editor Edward Hindson Forword By James I. Packer

'The Spiritual Brotherhood: Cambridge Puritans and the Nature of Christian Piety' by Paul R. Schaefer Jr. [Reformed Historical-Theological Studies]

'Unity And Continuity In Covenantal Thought: A Study in the Reformed Tradition to the Westminster Assembly' by Andrew A. Woolsey [Reformed Historical -Theological Studies]

'Puritan Reformed Spirituality' by Joel R. Beeke

'Puritan Piety: Writings in Honor of Joel R. Beeke' Edited by Michael A. G. Haykin & Paul M. Snalley

'The Works of William Perkins' Volume 8

'The Works of William Perkins' Volume 9

'The Wholesome Doctrine Of The Gospel: Faith and Love in the Writings of William Perkins' Edited And Introduced By Andrew S. Ballitch & J. Stephen Yuille

'The Christian in Complete Armour' by William Gurnall

'The Embattled Christian: William Gurnall and the Puritan View of Spiritual Warfare' by Bryan G. Zacharias

'The Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions' Edited By Arthur Bennett
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    contemplative contemplative

some books on Puritan Spirituality & Theology



some books on Puritan Spirituality & Theology

'The Genius Of Puritanism' By Peter Lewis

'Introduction To Puritan Theology: A Reader' Editor Edward Hindson Forword By James I. Packer

'The Spiritual Brotherhood: Cambridge Puritans and the Nature of Christian Piety' by Paul R. Schaefer Jr. [Reformed Historical-Theological Studies]

'Unity And Continuity In Covenantal Thought: A Study in the Reformed Tradition to the Westminster Assembly' by Andrew A. Woolsey [Reformed Historical -Theological Studies]

'Puritan Reformed Spirituality' by Joel R. Beeke

'Puritan Piety: Writings in Honor of Joel R. Beeke' Edited by Michael A. G. Haykin & Paul M. Snalley

'The Works of William Perkins' Volume 8

'The Works of William Perkins' Volume 9

'The Wholesome Doctrine Of The Gospel: Faith and Love in the Writings of William Perkins' Edited And Introduced By Andrew S. Ballitch & J. Stephen Yuille

'The Christian in Complete Armour' by William Gurnall

'The Embattled Christian: William Gurnall and the Puritan View of Spiritual Warfare' by Bryan G. Zacharias

'The Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions' Edited By Arthur Bennett
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    tired tired

doubts whether he has faith

"Here, by the way, two cases are propounded.

Case 1. What is to be done if a man, after receiving, still doubts whether he has faith or not? He must strive against doubting, and endeavor to believe, being heartily sorry for the weakness and infirmity of his faith. And let him withal consider and remember that God has not only given His promise, but set apart this sacrament to be a special sign and pledge of His mercy contained in the promise for the upholding and strengthening of man's faith.

But some man will say, My endeavor is nothing, if doubting prevails. Answer. It is not so. For if a man is heartily sorry for his infirmity, if he strives to believe, if in heart he hungers and thirsts after Christ, faith is begun, and he in some sort does apprehend Christ. The poor beggar by the highway side enjoys the alms that is given him, though he receives it with a lame and leprous hand. The stomach that loathes physick, if it receives into it at the first but one will be able at length to take benefit by a greater quantity, and in the meantime it receives good. The man who is in closed prison, if he sees but one little bean of the sun by a small crevice, b that very beam he has use of the sun, though he sees not the whole body of the sun. In like manner, though our faith, the hand of our soul, is mingled with weakness and corruption, though we feel ever so little measure of God's grace in us, yea though our knowledge is ever so small, yet it is an argument that the Spirit of God begins to work in our hearts, and that we have by God's mercy begun to lay hold on Christ" pg. 298, 299 William Perkins 'The Works of William Perkins" Vol. 8
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    contemplative contemplative

the Mountain Goats - Exegetic Chains



Songs for Pierre Chuvin is a cassette tape by the Mountain Goats. It was announced via Instagram on 1 April 2020, with the tracklist being shared the following day. The cassette is a collection of home recordings that John Darnielle made on his Panasonic boombox in March 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The release’s name is a tribute to the French historian Pierre Chuvin. In particular, his book A Chronicle of the Last Pagans (titled Chronique des derniers païens in the original French) inspired John Darnielle in his songwriting, noticeably so in “Until Olympius Returns,” for the announcement of which he tweeted an excerpt from the book. The release’s name also hearkens back to the “songs for …” format, seen on 1992’s Songs for Petronius (referring to a Roman courtier) and 1995’s Songs for Peter Hughes (referring to a long-time member of the Mountain Goats).

The impact of Christianity on practicing pagans after it became the state religion of the Roman Empire is a central theme for the cassette. Antiquity is a recurring theme for the band, primarily in the form of references to Greek mythology, as can be heard on songs such as “Deinanara Crush,” “Yam, the King of Crops”, and “Against Agamemnon.”

Boombox-recorded releases are an iconic medium for the Mountain Goats, tracing back to their first releases in 1991, Taboo VI: The Homecoming. This method was used many times, up until All Hail West Texas, released in 2002. The listener’s experience with boombox recordings is mentioned on Songs for Pierre Chuvin’s closing track, “Exegetic Chains.”

With the release of the cassette, John remarked that its creation was intentionally in line with early Mountain Goats releases, being most closely alined with the 1993 tape Transmissions to Horace. The tape’s ten songs were written in order and recorded immediately after conception:

I WROTE A SONG EVERY DAY for the next ten days while reading A Chronicle of the Last Pagans, starting with “Aulon Raid” and working in exactly the style I used to work in: read until something jumps out at me; play guitar and ad-lib out loud until I get a phrase I like; write the lyrics, get the song together, record immediately.
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    The Mountain Goats 'Songs for Pierre Chuvin'