Puritan Preacher Elkanah Wales

CHR Comment: Elkanah Wales (1588-1669) of Pudsey was a faithful pastor and preacher who was ousted from service during the Great Ejection of 1662 when several thousand ministers were forced out of the Church of England. Pastor Wales continued to preach and teach house to house and was arrested for his activities. He died at 80 years old. His farewell sermon was published under the title Mount Ebal levell’d or redemption from the curse. The links below are to essays exploring his work. His book is available over Google Books at the third link below.

On a personal note, Elkanah Wales was apparently an ancestor on my mother’s side of the family.

Source: Elkanah Wales of Pudsey (1)

Elkanah Wales of Pudsey, Part 2

Mount Ebal Levell’d

What Really Happened in Salem in 1692. Author Interview with Stacy Schiff

CHR Comment: A Pulitzer Prize winning author offers a cautionary tale about fear and faith. The witch trials were a classic example of overreaction and mob mentality that led to injustice. The decisions in this case damaged the authority of the churches in colonial America. The author points out that “Mercy goes missing.”

Source: The Witches: What Really Happened In Salem In 1692 — An All Together Conversation With Stacy Schiff