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Bozeman's insistence on the firm boundary separating precisianist Puritans from their antinomian critics--represented in his book primarily by John Eaton--would appear to be diametrically opposed to Como's more flexible approach to ideological categorization.
All criticisms aside, both of these books succeed admirably in placing Puritan religiosity into an Atlantic context, elucidating the deep roots of precisianist and antinomian ideas, and showing how religious opinions were shaped and reshaped over time by political pressures, pastoral needs, and the challenges of settling a new world.
12) On the "precisianist" accents of Sibbes, Preston, and Cotton, see Theodore Dwight Bozeman, The Precisianist Strain: Disciplinary Religion and Antinomian Backlash in Puritanism to 1638 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004), 5-6, 108, 111, 140, 142 143, 152 n.
Theodore Dwight Bozeman attributes "an elaborate preoccupation with the self and its conflicted passage through a lifelong, often anxious venture of transformation, self-reproach, and -control" to the godly penitential program in The Precisianist Strain: Disciplinary Religion & Antinomian Backlash in Puritanism to 1638 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004), 72.
This cliched language bespeaks the psychopathologies of piety that Theodore Dwight Bozeman examines in The Precisianist Strain: Disciplinary Religion & Antinomian Backlash in Puritanism to 1638 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004), esp.
5) Indeed, one contention of the more forward among reformers, who came to embrace their colleagues' disparaging depictions of them as precisianists, purifiers, or puritans, was that "a worthy, grave man" need not be a priest to pronounce on Scripture.