by Stephen Charnock
Stephen Charnock, born in London in 1642, entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and there was converted to Christianity. His public ministry began in Southwark, London after receiving his B.D. from the university. In 1650 he earned a fellowship at New College, Oxford, where he associated with Thomas Goodwin and John Howe. He became chaplain in 1655 to Henry Cromwell, governor of Ireland. Charnock published only one sermon in his lifetime, his greatest works being published after his death. A Discourse of Divine Providence was published in 1680 and followed in 1682 by On the Existence and Attributes of God.