The Puritans were convinced that the ability to think clearly was of the utmost importance. In our day, common sense is not very common and clear thinking is not very clear. This book will help discipline the mind and train the reader to discern proper thinking and argumentation in seeking the truth.
Isaac Watts was born in Southampton, England, on July 17, 1674. His father had served several prison terms because of his non-conformity. In 1702, Watts became pastor of Mark Lane Chapel, a large Congregational church in London. Although ill health forced his virtual retirement within a few years, the congregation insisted that he remain pastor as long as he lived. Watts never married, though he did propose to Elizabeth Singer, who rebuffed him with these words: “Mr. Watts, I only wish I could say that I admire the casket as I admire the jewel.” Watts wrote prodigiously, and was the author of over 750 hymns. On the day of Watts’ death, Matthew Arnold declared Watts’ “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” to be the finest hymn in the English language. Others include “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” and “Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun.” Isaac Watts died on November 25, 1748 and was buried in the non-conformist burial ground at Bunhill Fields.