Terminology Tuesday: Puritanism
A reform movement heavily influenced by Calvinsim but initially part of the Church of England that had its zenith in the seventeenth century in England and North America. The stereotype of a Puritan as prudish and legalistic is quite misleading; Puritans enjoyed their beer and knew how to laugh. They were agents of cultural renewal in spheres as diverse as poetry and political philosophy, and they left a lasting imprint throughout the colonies founded in New England.
Evans, C. Stephen, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002).