History and Theology of the Puritans

tsslogo.jpgReformed Theological Seminary has blessed the wider Church by offering many class lectures for online download. These are available trough the iTunes store and come through your computer (for free!). Recently RTS may have added their best resource yet – History and Theology of the Puritans, a 16-part series delivered by Dr. J.I. Packer. [Packer penned the popular, A Quest For Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life (Crossway: 1994).]

In over 11 hours of lectures, Packer covers …

1. The Puritan Identity – pt. 1 (45:14)
2. The Puritan Identity – pt. 2 (33:10)
3. Puritan Theological Concerns – pt. 1 (45:54)
4. Puritan Theological Concerns – pt. 2 (45:03)
5. The Bible in Puritan Theology – pt. 1 (46:53)
6. The Bible in Puritan Theology – pt. 2 (46:01)
7. Salvation by Grace – pt. 1 (46:41)
8. Salvation by Grace – pt. 2 (46:37)
9. Faith and Assurance – pt. 1 (46:32)
10. Faith and Assurance – pt. 2 (46:16)
11. The Good Fight – pt. 1 (46:22)
12. The Good Fight – pt. 2 (31:45)
13. Conscience (44:06)
14. Reformed Monasticism (43:01)
15. The Christian Minister (44:22)
16. Worship, Fellowship, and Discipline in the Church (27:40)


I hear you asking, So how do I enjoy this yummy goodness?

1. First, install the program iTunes on your computer by clicking here and following directions. Check first because there is a chance iTunes is already installed on your computer.

2. Once you have iTunes loaded you need to go to this website and click on the button under “Click to launch RTS on iTunes.”

3. You should now be in the RTS page in the iTunes store. Under “RTS Virtual Courses” click on “Church History.”

4. Then click on “History and Theology of the Puritans.” This will take you to the page for downloads.

5. To download just click the button “Get tracks” on the top (to get them all at once) or the button “Get” on the right side of each track (for individual downloads). The audio files will be downloaded into iTunes on your computer and from here you can listen to the mp3s, burn them to audio CDs, etc.

6. And be sure to download a PDF copy of the course syllabus.

And that, my Puritan friends, is how you get the yummy goodness of Packer on the Puritans into your computer and into your head!

Happy listening. And thank you to the gracious folks at RTS!

29 thoughts on “History and Theology of the Puritans

  1. tony,

    thanks for the free pub!

    we’ve been really blessed that Apple has allowed us to participate in the iTunes U program. we’re averaging about 17000 downloads per week, and hopefully that number will grow over time, especially as we keep putting stuff up there.

    thanks again for the post!

    brandon cozart
    RTS on iTunes U Administrator

  2. I am so going to listen to these.
    p.s. this is the featured Hawt post right now.
    God is good to bless the world with an army of Christian bloggers!

  3. I downloaded the series a little while back and just finished listening to the series yesterday. What a blessing RTS has provided through their iTunesU site. Thank you RTS!

  4. Thanks for this link!

    I would recommend downloading The Character of an Old English Puritan by John Geree as Pack works through it in the first two lectures and it was a great help to following along. Besides the notes are golden. If you google the title it will come up. He mentions another text, but I have not gotten that far yet so as to figure it out to see if it can be downloaded easily.

  5. Hi Tony,

    Thanks for this – I’ll be placing a link to this on my history lecture website.

    RTS are doing a great job.

    Thanks again.


  6. Many thanks Tony, this is a great resource and will help a lot. Great blog too by the way; I have subscribed and look forward to getting involved in the conversations.


  7. For a programmer like me without an ability to go a seminary, to have this kind of material is so precious. Thank you very much for the link and thank God for J.I. Packer and the RTS people.

    Even though I use Linux all the time, to get these lectures I had to install iTunes in Windows, which ran in VMWare in Linux :-) I don’t regret time spent for this effort.

    Will consider downloading something more from RTS iTunes U.

  8. Tony,
    Has something changed at RTS? I had downloaded J I Packer’s History and now it is no longer available. Much is not. Any ideas?

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