The Beginnings of New England

Or, The Puritan Theocracy in Its Relations to Civil and Religious Liberty


Author: John Fiske

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin & Company


Category: Indians of North America

Page: 328

View: 5554

The Beginnings of New England

Or, The Puritan Theocracy in Its Relations to Civil and Religious Liberty


Author: John Fiske

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin & Company


Category: Indians of North America

Page: 328

View: 2652

A Reforming People

Puritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in New England


Author: David D. Hall

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 0807837113

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 4162

In this revelatory account of the people who founded the New England colonies, historian David D. Hall compares the reforms they enacted with those attempted in England during the period of the English Revolution. Bringing with them a deep fear of arbitrary, unlimited authority, these settlers based their churches on the participation of laypeople and insisted on "consent" as a premise of all civil governance. Puritans also transformed civil and criminal law and the workings of courts with the intention of establishing equity. In this political and social history of the five New England colonies, Hall provides a masterful re-evaluation of the earliest moments of New England's history, revealing the colonists to be the most effective and daring reformers of their day.

The A to Z of the Puritans


Author: Charles Pastoor,Galen K. Johnson

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810870390

Category: Religion

Page: 432

View: 8767

Members of the Church of England until the mid-16th century, the Puritans thought the Church had become too political and needed to be 'purified.' While many Puritans believed the Church was capable of reform, a large number decided that separating from the Church was their only remaining course of action. Thus the mass migration of Puritans (known as Pilgrims) to America took place. Although Puritanism died in England around 1689 and in America in 1758, Puritan beliefs, such as self-reliance, frugality, industry, and energy remain standards of the American ideal. The A to Z of Puritans tells the story of Puritanism from its origins until its eventual demise. This is done through a chronology, an introduction, a bibliography, and several hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries on important people, places, and events.

In Search of the City on a Hill

The Making and Unmaking of an American Myth


Author: Richard M. Gamble

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441162321

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 6417

The American history of the 'city on a hill' metaphor from its Puritan beginnings to its role in Reagan's American civil religion and beyond.

A History of American Literature

With a View to the Fundamental Principles Underlying Its Development: a Text Book for Schools and Colleges


Author: Fred Lewis Pattee

Publisher: New York : [s.n.]


Category: American literature

Page: 475

View: 3773

The National union catalog, pre-1956 imprints

a cumulative author list representing Library of Congress printed cards and titles reported by other American libraries


Author: Library of Congress,American Library Association. Committee on Resources of American Libraries. National Union Catalog Subcommittee

Publisher: N.A


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: N.A

View: 8904

Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul

Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty


Author: John M. Barry

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143122886

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

View: 1678

A revelatory analysis of the 17th-century theologian's integral role in shaping early America's religion, political power and individual rights places his story against a backdrop of Puritanism and the English Civil War while providing coverage of such subjects as Edward Coke and the evolving debate on the separation of church and state. By the award-winning author of Rising Tide.

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Authoritarianism

Puritanism, Democracy, and Society


Author: Milan Zafirovski

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387493212

Category: Social Science

Page: 337

View: 1831

This book explores the historical and contemporary relationships of Protestant Puritanism to political and social authoritarianism. It focuses on Puritanism’s original, subsequent and modern influences on and legacies in political democracy and civil society within historically Puritan Western societies. There is emphasis on Great Britain and particularly America, from the 17th to the 21st century.

The Handmaid's Tale


Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Emblem Editions

ISBN: 1551994968

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 8328

In this multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’s persistent memories of life in the “time before” and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning.

Founding Faith

Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America


Author: Steven Waldman

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 158836674X

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 9081

The culture wars have distorted the dramatic story of how Americans came to worship freely. Many activists on the right maintain that the United States was founded as a “Christian nation.” Many on the left contend that the Founders were secular or Deist and that the First Amendment was designed to boldly separate church and state throughout the land. None of these claims are true, argues editor in chief Steven Waldman. With refreshing objectivity, Waldman narrates the real story of how our nation’s Founders forged a new approach to religious liberty, a revolutionary formula that promoted faith . . . by leaving it alone. This fast-paced narrative begins with earlier settlers’ stunningly unsuccessful efforts to create a Christian paradise, and concludes with the presidencies of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison, during which the men who had devised lofty principles regarding the proper relationship between church and state struggled to practice what they’d preached. We see how religion helped cause, and fuel, the Revolutionary War, and how the surprising alliance between Enlightenment philosophers such as Jefferson and Madison and evangelical Christians resulted in separation of church and state. As the drama unfolds, Founding Faith vividly describes the religious development of five Founders. Benjamin Franklin melded the morality-focused Puritan theology of his youth and the reason-based Enlightenment philosophy of his adulthood. John Adams’s pungent views on religion–hatred of the Church of England and Roman Catholics–stoked his revolutionary fervor and shaped his political strategy. George Washington came to view religious tolerance as a military necessity. Thomas Jefferson pursued a dramatic quest to “rescue” Jesus, in part by editing the Bible. Finally, it was James Madison–the tactical leader of the battle for religious freedom–who crafted an integrated vision of how to prevent tyranny while encouraging religious vibrancy. The spiritual custody battle over the Founding Fathers and the role of religion in America continues today. Waldman provocatively argues that neither side in the culture war has accurately depicted the true origins of the First Amendment. He sets the record straight, revealing the real history of religious freedom to be dramatic, unexpected, paradoxical, and inspiring. An interactive library of the key writings by the Founding Father, on separation of church and state, personal faith, and religious liberty can be found at