DescriptionBishop JC Ryle reminds us, in these five pen portraits, of some of the most significant church leaders in the tumultuous seventeenth century. He begins with the anti-hero, Archbishop Laud, deeply flawed but hugely significant. Then he turns to look at a puritan who preached his heart out in an Anglican pulpit (Samuel Ward), a puritan who was ejected from the Church of England (Richard Baxter), and one who happily conformed after 1662 (William Gurnall). Finally, he explores the life and legacy of seven courageous bishops who took a stand against a tyrannical state in revolutionary days. These insightful and fiery essays by Bishop Ryle are brought together for the first time in this insightful volume introduced by Lee Gatiss.
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About the Author
J. C. Ryle (1816-1900) was appointed as the first bishop of Liverpool in 1880 and was the leader of the Evangelical Party in the Church of England for more than half a century. He is highly regarded for his plain and lively writings on practical and spiritual themes; their usefulness and impact have been consistently recognized and remain as wise and relevant today as when he first wrote them.