The Christian Warfare against the Devil, World, and Flesh – Puritan John Downame
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
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John Downame’s treatise is the magnus opus in the “Christian warfare” genre of literature. It was written in four parts, each part published separately between 1604 and 1618. Part one treated the threat of the devil, parts two and three the threat of the world, and part four the threat of the flesh. Together the four parts numbered over 4,000 pages. There was an enormous demand for treatises such as Downame’s. While the Puritans, those self-styled “regenerate” or “godly” Christians, remained a minority everywhere, they were a literate, book-buying minority that eagerly sought treatises of spiritual advice.
John Downame (Downham) (1571–1652) was an English clergyman and theologian in London, who came to prominence in the 1640s, when he worked closely with the Westminster Assembly. He is now remembered for his writings.