A Reforming People: Puritanism and the Transformation of by David D. Hall

By David D. Hall

During this revelatory account of the folk who based the hot England colonies, historian David D. corridor compares the reforms they enacted with these tried in England throughout the interval of the English Revolution. Bringing with them a deep worry of arbitrary, limitless authority, those settlers established their church buildings at the participation of laypeople and insisted on "consent" as a premise of all civil governance. Puritans additionally remodeled civil and legal legislation and the workings of courts with the goal of building fairness. during this political and social historical past of the 5 New England colonies, corridor presents a masterful re-examination of the earliest moments of latest England's heritage, revealing the colonists to be the best and bold reformers in their day.

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So it was within the Puritan movement as it arose in sixteenthcentury England, for Puritanism was never a monolith. Nor did the Puritans who questioned the policies of Charles I and his bishops adopt a consistent program, much less one committing them to overthrowing either monarchy or state church. Before 1640, anyone who dared imagine dismantling the Church of England and replacing it with some version of voluntary religion risked his life for doing so. 5 A REFORMING PEOPLE These realities make it all the more important to follow the decision-making of the colonists as closely as the records allow.

And clapping and shouting for joy to see so great courage and comfort” in the three men by the “many thousands” who witnessed the scene. Here was a portent of things to come in England, Scotland, and the colonies. That very year, as Charles I was attempting to impose the full apparatus of the Church of England on the Scots, a woman hurled a stool at a highranking cleric during a church service in Edinburgh. 43 Lacking the wisdom of his father, who realized that the stability of the English state depended on allowing differences of religious 17 A REFORMING PEOPLE practice as long as dissident groups did not question his legitimacy, Charles and the bishops he favored were determined to impose uniformity.

Others decided on immigration, a few to the Netherlands, and a great many more to New England. ” Compromises were a thing of the past. 44 Thus it happened that, across New England, ministers and laypeople welcomed a thoroughgoing transformation of ministry, church, and political structure. No more “tyrannical” government, no more “popery,” no more curtailing of liberty of conscience—with such goals in mind, the colonists took on the task of establishing frameworks of government and an ecclesiastical system.

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