William Perkins has only recently come to receive from historians the attention that was given to him by contemporaries.2 He was the first systematic Calvinist theologian in England who also had a clearly defined attitude towards social problems. I hope that a study of his theology and its outcome in social theory may help to throw some light on the historical significance of Puritanism.
KeywordsSixteenth Century Religious Duty Poor Relief Cursed Generation Labour Discipline
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