"The Homer of practical Englishmen": Gisbertus Voetius and English practical theology

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Commenting on the discipline of practical theology, Gisbertus Voetius made a very interesting observation:

The English laboured more than other Reformed people in this branch of theology in their days of peace (when popery was suppressed and other sects forbidden), and [William] Perkins, the Homer of practical Englishmen to this day, stands above all.

Gisbertus Voetius, Selectae Disputationes Theologicae (1648-69) in Reformed Dogmatics, ed. and trans. John W. Beardslee III (New York: Oxford University Press, 1965), p. 274.

N.B. Sorry to disappoint some of you, but I do not think that Voetius had Homer Simpson in mind when he expressed these sentiments. ;)
 
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