In a Puritan Church

Historic American Buildings Survey Allen L. Hubbard, Photographer May 6, 1936 INTERIOR (Front Gallery) - Alna Meeting House, State Route 218, Alna, Lincoln County, ME HABS ME,8-ALNA,1-5

via Justin Taylor:

Princeton historian Horton Davies (1916-2005):

A stranger entering any Puritan meeting-house would first notice the bareness and simplicity of the architecture and of the furnishings.

Probably the only decoration on the walls of the building would be text from the Scriptures.

Apart from the pews, the only other articles of furniture would be the high central pulpit and the Communion-table immediately below it.

On the cushion on the ledger of the pulpit would be seen the Bible. Its dominating, central position was no accident: it testified to the authority of the Bible in the worship, doctrine and government of Puritan Churches.

The impression of unadorned simplicity would be maintained at the worship.

—Horton Davies, The Worship of the English Puritans (orig., 1948; reprint: Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997), 246-47.

HT and Read more: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2014/08/31/what-would-it-have-been-like-to-attend-a-puritan-worship-service/

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