SAMUEL WILLARD: PREACHER OF ORTHODOXY IN AN ERA OF CHANGE, by Seymour Van Dyken; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1972; 224 pp., $5.95. (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko)
Samuel Willard was a Puritan preacher in New England who lived during the years 1640-1707. He lived during a time, therefore, when Puritanism was being challenged in New England and when not only new doctrines were being brought into the area, but also when the whole concept of church and state as maintained by the Puritans was being challenged.
This book, in discussing the life and views of Willard, discusses also this change in the religious and political climate of New England. The book is interesting and worthwhile for an understanding of this period and for an analysis of Puritan thought. It is especially worthwhile in showing how deeply Calvinistic the New England Puritans were in their theology and how they combated both the errors of Arminianism and Antinomianism. The book has an extensive bibliography and a worthwhile index.