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FREE EPUB ⚾ The Puritan Family: Religion and Domestic Relations in Seventeenth-Century New England Ä The Puritans came to New England not merely to save their souls but to establish a visible kingdom of God, a society where outward conduct would be according to God s laws This book discusses the desire of the Puritans to be socially virtuous and their wish to force social virtue upon others Really fascinating I didn t agree with some of the Puritan s doctrine though. I read this wonderful examination of what life was like for typical Puritan family in the 1600s as research for a novel I m writing Actually, I reread it I read it for the first time when I was in college But it was every bit as interesting and eye opening as when I read it over thirty years ago Also I loved seeing what I had underlined then The Puritans were considerablyrandy than we give them credit for today. I am hesitant to comment too much on this book because my knowledge of this period of history is weak I still found it very fascinating The most notable thing from the history section was that required obedience can lead to requited affection The Puritans were strict and hard in many places But their letters to each other demonstrate that this firm line did not generally cause disdain from their children, wives, or servants Instead it often produced affection and warmth It is also interest I am hesitant to comment too much on this book because my knowledge of this period of history is weak I still found it very fascinating The most notable thing from the history section was that required obedience can lead to requited affection The Puritans were strict and hard in many places But their letters to each other demonstrate that this firm line did not generally cause disdain from their children, wives, or servants Instead it often produced affection and warmth It is also interesting that all segments of society, business, church, family, and government held the same standards This made discipline easier and clearer.But the most intriguing part of the book is the last chapter Morgan argues that later Puritans stopped doing evangelism Instead they focused entirely on the children of believing parents This led to what Morgan calls Puritan Tribalism His final line in the book should make those of us who believe in covenant succession stop and think carefully about what we are doing When theology became the handmaid of genealogy, Puritanism no longer deserved the name Covenant succession is biblical But if we only look to our children and fail to reach the lost we will ultimately find ourselves dying off like they did This book won t suit everyone especially anyone not particularly interested in this aspect of American history, which is the reason I gave it 4 rather than 5 stars But if you are interested at all, this is a book to read It is a shortish book 186 pp divided into seven chapters 1 Puritanism and Society 2 Husband and Wife 3 Parents and Children 4 The Education of a Saint 5 Masters and Servants 6 The Family in the Social Order and 7 Puritan Tribalism We tend to think of This book won t suit everyone especially anyone not particularly interested in this aspect of American history, which is the reason I gave it 4 rather than 5 stars But if you are interested at all, this is a book to read It is a shortish book 186 pp divided into seven chapters 1 Puritanism and Society 2 Husband and Wife 3 Parents and Children 4 The Education of a Saint 5 Masters and Servants 6 The Family in the Social Order and 7 Puritan Tribalism We tend to think of the Puritans as stiff, buttoned up, stern folk bordering on the fanatical all part of the mythology of the foundations of America and also the use to which the word puritan has been put over the centuries But Puritans in fact based their religious and civic structures around the idea of family God the father both stern and loving and members of the church his children, and then applied this to their civic, social and religious organization If the wife was subservient to the husband, he was also enjoined never to use bad language or violence towards her and Morgan s quotations from love letters show that many marriages were well founded and deeply loving If the children were subservient to the parents, then likewise the parents were required to bring them up well and lovingly Servants were sort of half children and the master likewise was to treat them in a certain way and to ensure that they received education and his protection As usual, the historical story presented here iscomplex and complicated than the myths so dispel the myth and read this history