Perkins was one of the principal English reformers and was instrumental in the shaping of the religious culture of his country. Long misunderstood as having been a Puritan, he was a well known and effective apologist for the English Church as it emerged during the reign of Elizabeth I, a skilled systematic theologian on the contested subject of salvation and predestination, a perceptive and influential guide in cases of conscience, an original writer on preaching who influenced the development of English prose, and a challenging writer and bold prophet on issues of social and economic justice. His legacy was an English Protestantism that survived the religious and political upheavals of the mid-seventeenth century and became an enduring part of English life.
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