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Book Title: A Family Well-Ordered|
The author of the book: Cotton Mather
Edition: Soli Deo Gloria Ministries
Date of issue: August 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9781573581264
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.28 MB
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Reader ratings: 7.1
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Excellent little book, full of pastoral admonitions to both parents and children. Definitely one I will read again!
I did not agree with his admonitions on paedo baptism, but most of all his exhortations for schools and teachers: "But can they be well educated if their parents never send them to school?... If you would not betray your posterity into the very circumstances of savages, let schools have more encouragement." A whole section of the ending pages is dedicated to the encouragement of schools. How sad that the discipleship of parents over their own children was not more highly prized! I am afraid it was the chink in the armor of many of our forefathers, who sending their children to schools and colleges, and prizing a classical education above the fear of God, did not see the dire effects those choices would have on posterity, or more highly regard their own ability to educate their children. Abigail Adams, due to illness in her childhood was home educated, and became one of the most well-respected and highly educated women of her day.
Despite these two things, it was a hearty little book that I truly loved!
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Read information about the authorCotton Mather A.B. 1678 (Harvard College), A.M. 1681; honorary doctorate 1710 (University of Glasgow), was a socially and politically influential New England Puritan minister, prolific author, and pamphleteer. Cotton Mather was the son of influential minister Increase Mather. He is often remembered for his connection to the Salem witch trials.
Mather was named after his grandfathers, both paternal (Richard Mather) and maternal (John Cotton). He attended Boston Latin School, and graduated from Harvard in 1678, at only 16 years of age. After completing his post-graduate work, he joined his father as assistant Pastor of Boston's original North Church (not to be confused with the Anglican/Episcopal Old North Church). It was not until his father's death, in 1723, that Mather assumed full responsibilities as Pastor at the Church.
Author of more than 450 books and pamphlets, Cotton Mather's ubiquitous literary works made him one of the most influential religious leaders in America. Mather set the nation's "moral tone," and sounded the call for second and third generation Puritans, whose parents had left England for the New England colonies of North America to return to the theological roots of Puritanism.
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