Holism and the English Puritans

Sibbes Bulkeleyp Tyndale02 Perkins

Holiness is “...the beauty of earth and Heaven, without which we cannot live well on earth, nor shall ever live in heaven.” - Ralph Venning (1620-1673)

“The life of a Christian is wondrously ruled in this world, by the consideration and meditation of the life of another world.” - Richard Sibbes (1577-1635)

“...spiritualize our hearts and affections that we may have heavenly hearts in earthly employments.” – Thomas Gouge (1605-1681)

“If God be over us he must be over us in every thing.” - Peter Bulkeley (1583-1659)

“Have you forgot …the milkhouse, the stable, the barn, and the like, where God did visit your soul?” - John Bunyan (1628-1688)

“...there is difference betwixt washing of dishes, and preaching of the word of God; but as touching to please God, none at all.” – William Tyndale (1494-1536)

“The main end of our lives is to serve God in the serving of men in the works of our callings.” - William Perkins (1558-1602)

What could we learn from these English Puritans?

No divide between secular and sacred.
The integration of the physical and the spiritual
Living fully in the present because of the reality of the eternal.
Desiring the kingdom rule of Christ to be extended over all aspects of creation

(Pictured above: Sibbes, Bulkeley, Tyndale and Perkins)

One Response to “Holism and the English Puritans”

  1. Sam Says:

    Hello there fellow Sam.

    An interesting selection of puritanical quotes there – I apologise for not researching your site further to find you particular stance, however does this mean you are in agreement with the sentiments put forth or merely offering them as substance for discussion? I digress…

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