22 October 2012

Those Non-Puritanical Puritans

Leland Ryken:
Married sex was not only legitimate in the Puritan view; it was meant to be exuberant. [William] Gouge said that married couples should engage in sex 'with good will and delight, willingly, readily, and cheerfully.'

An anonymous Puritan claimed that when two are made one by marriage they 'may joyfully give due benevolence one to the other; as two musical instruments rightly fitted do make a most pleasant and sweet harmony in a well tuned consort.'
--Leland Ryken, Worldly Saints: The Puritans as They Really Were (Zondervan, 1986), 44

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