Hartford Puritanism: Thomas Hooker, Samuel Stone, and Their Terrifying God by Baird Tipson (review)

Hartford Puritanism: Thomas Hooker, Samuel Stone, and Their Terrifying God by Baird Tipson (review) Book Reviews { 807 Hartford Puritanism: Thomas Hooker, Samuel Stone, and Their Terrifying God baird tipson Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015 476 pp. Baird Tipson, in Thomas Hooker, Samuel Stone, and Their Terrifying God, offers a study of Thomas Hooker that is as effective as it is helpful in clarifying the cultural and theological context of this sadly understudied figure of transatlantic Puritanism. It might be said that by establishing his argument as a counter to Perry Miller, Tipson sets up something of a straw man: Miller’s declension thesis, as Tipson himself remarks, has been thoroughly qualified by students of Puritanism at least since Patrick Collinson in 1967 (16). Nonetheless, Tipson’s examination of Hooker and to a lesser degree his colleague at Hartford, Samuel Stone, is so thorough and so elegantly written that there can be little doubt that this book will prove of great value to subsequent researchers into Hooker and his milieu. Tipson argues that far from mitigating the demanding theology of John Calvin, Hooker epitomizes a wholly orthodox version of “extreme Augustinianism” (x). Hooker’s theology emerges from three primary sources: the profound influence of William Perkins’s writing on Hooker and other students of Emmanuel College, the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

Hartford Puritanism: Thomas Hooker, Samuel Stone, and Their Terrifying God by Baird Tipson (review)

Early American Literature, Volume 52 (3) – Oct 31, 2017

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Book Reviews { 807 Hartford Puritanism: Thomas Hooker, Samuel Stone, and Their Terrifying God baird tipson Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015 476 pp. Baird Tipson, in Thomas Hooker, Samuel Stone, and Their Terrifying God, offers a study of Thomas Hooker that is as effective as it is helpful in clarifying the cultural and theological context of this sadly understudied figure of transatlantic Puritanism. It might be said that by establishing his argument as a counter to Perry Miller, Tipson sets up something of a straw man: Miller’s declension thesis, as Tipson himself remarks, has been thoroughly qualified by students of Puritanism at least since Patrick Collinson in 1967 (16). Nonetheless, Tipson’s examination of Hooker and to a lesser degree his colleague at Hartford, Samuel Stone, is so thorough and so elegantly written that there can be little doubt that this book will prove of great value to subsequent researchers into Hooker and his milieu. Tipson argues that far from mitigating the demanding theology of John Calvin, Hooker epitomizes a wholly orthodox version of “extreme Augustinianism” (x). Hooker’s theology emerges from three primary sources: the profound influence of William Perkins’s writing on Hooker and other students of Emmanuel College, the

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