Robert Schnucker also made this point in "The English Puritans
and Pregnancy, Delivery and Breastfeeding," History of Childhood Quarterly 1(1974), 637-658.
My research into the voluminous sources written by English Puritans is presently superficial, and I am reluctant to make any claims about the prevalence of any given form of eschatology there.
Two recent surveys of the subject, one on English Puritan eschatology from the mid sixteenth century until the late seventeenth century and the other on its American counterpart into the eighteenth century, forcefully make this point.
18) But at the same time, further research into English Puritan sources may reveal that Congregationalists were more inclined towards Judeo-centrism than Presbyterians, the other main party within English Puritanism.
In the next essay, van den Berg studies the interplay between those interested in further church reform in the Netherlands and the writings of the English Puritans by means of the life and writings of the theologian, mystic, and predestinarian, Francis Rous.
The sect held special interest to English Puritans and even to the Cambridge Platonists, and the Karaites eventually came to the attention of enlightened thinkers like the abbe Henri Gregoire, who saw in the group the forerunners of Jewish emancipation.
David Como's essay is a subtly argued and astute examination of the abandonment, by certain English Puritans
, of that once most characteristic element of their beliefs--"absolute predestination" (87).
This interweaving of nature and marriage imagery in the early Puritan literature of desire is noticeable in the poetry of American as well as English Puritans, men as well as women.
By 1647, when Anthony Tuckney, a prominent Puritan divine at Cambridge, put the final touches on the larger catechism of the Westminster Assembly, a firm tradition of "glorifying God and enjoying him forever" had already been established in English Puritan thought.
Joseph Caryl, the English Puritan Bible commentator, proclaimed that "All creatures have a teaching voyce, they read us divinity Lectures of Divine Providence.
Animals themselves "have a suitable will to take or refuse an object; to express their desires with sounds or notes or voice," even "to express their affections of love," claimed Nathanael Homes, an English Puritan writer at midcentury.
The court preachers quickly exploited the opening created by James's plan for Anglo-Scottish union and his desire to assert his supremacy over the Kirk by painting the English Puritans
as soulmates of the anticeremonial and anti-episcopal leaders of the Kirk.