Guys Fawkes Plot; Rationalism; Pietism

The Guys Fawkes plot

Simon Adams, author of the Gun Powder Plot, writes an article examining Guy Fawkes—among others that are involved—and the reasoning behind the Gun Powder Plot. The overall idea behind the plot was to blow up the Parliament, by filling the cellar with gunpowder and setting it off, destroying everything and everyone in it, including the kings and lords. This plot was put together by Robert Catesby and interesting enough his cohorts were related to him, with the only exception being Guy Fawkes whose job was to firing the gunpowder. Guy Fawkes was arrested before the plot could be completed. Mr. Fawkes proved to be a silent partner that is until torture began in which he became very vocal on what and who he knew. Eventually, Mr. Fawkes and his cohorts would be executed.[1]

Seventeenth-century rationalism (1600-1699)

In her article, Seventeenth-Century Catholic Polemic and the Rise of Cultural Rationalism, Susan Rosa writes about the Catholics and the Protestants debating their beliefs, using supports, while stating the opposite side could not defend their beliefs. Susan Rosa looks at specific examples, one being “Johann Musaeus who debated deism of Herbert of Cherbury and the biblical criticism of Spinoza against the Catholics Erbermann and Jodocus Kedd and defended the Lutheran view of the primacy and sufficiency of Scripture.”[2]

Either deism or pietism

In this section I chose to write on pietism. My definition of pietism is someone who is devoted to God and His Word. The term spiritual may be associated with pietism. Stanislav Pietak writes in the European Journal of Theology, that “special emphasis was put on pietism and the Holy Scripture in the sixteenth century making “sola scriptura,” scripture alone, the key principle. He goes on to state that Jakob Spencer published Pious Wishes which became a program for the pietistic movement giving six principles to follow. Use the Word of God to deepen your devotional life, encourage all believers to become the common priesthood as stated in 1 Peter 2:5, Revelation 1:6; 5:10. Cultivate the love of the brethren, lead religious disputes only to win a heart, never to hurt them, educate every pastor in theological knowledge and in devotional life, and make every effort in preaching to instruct Christians on the subject of faith and its fruit.”[3] What makes his theology acceptable is he uses scripture to back up his claims. (Ex. Romans 8:1-2, James 1:27, 1 John 5:11, Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Peter 1:3-4, Matthew 7:21-23; 24) Religion is man reaching toward God, whereas Christianity is God reaching to us. This article expresses a relationship with Jesus Christ, seeking Him spiritually, and through His Word.[4]


Adams, Simon. “The Gunpowder Plot.” History Today (Religion and Philosophy Collection) 55, no. 11 (2005): 10-17.

Pietak, Stanislay. “A Plea for Pietism.” European Journal of Theology (Religion and Philosophy Collection) 19, no. 1 (2013): 28-32.

Rosa, Susan. Journal of the History of Ideas (University of Pennsylvania Press) 57, no. 1 (Jan 1996): 87-107.

[1] Simon Adams. 2005. “The Gunpowder Plot.” History Today 55, no. 11: 10-17. Religion and Philosophy Collection, EBSCOhost(accessed August 29, 2013).

[2] Susan Rosa, Journal of the History of Ideas , Vol. 57, No. 1 (Jan., 1996), pp. 87-107 Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press Article Stable URL:

[3] Stanislav Pietak. 2010. “A Plea for Pietism.” European Journal Of Theology 19, no. 1: 28-32. Religion and Philosophy Collection, EBSCOhost (accessed August 29, 2013).

[4] Ibid.


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