Roger Williams: The Church and the State
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Roger Williams: The Church and the State

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A classic of its kind, Edmund S. Morgan's Roger Williams skillfully depicts the intellectual life of the man who, after his expulsion in 1635 from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, founded what would become Rhode Island. As Morgan re-creates the evolution of Williams's thoughts on the nature of the church and the state, he captures with characteristic economy and precision the...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 17th 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published May 28th 1997)
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Brian Collins
This is a very helpful interpretation of Roger Williams's thought. It is not a biographical study, though biographical details are included when relevant to Williams's thought. In sum Williams seems to have had true insights that were contrary to the customary thought of the time, but he held to these insights with such rigor that he drove himself into other errors. For instance Williams was correct to believe that the church needed a pure membership that was separate from the mixed state church...more
"'Our grand security is in the multitude of sects and the public Liberty necessary for them to cohabit together. ... This and this only will learn us wisdom not to persecute one another.'" (quoting Ezra Stiles, x)

"Roger Williams lived in what he called 'wonderful, searching, disputing and dissenting times.'" (3)

"The clergy of New England were not a corporate body. A minister was a minister only with respect to his own church, and if ministers occasionally met in synods to determine difficult que...more
An intellectual history of Roger Williams's ideas about the relationship of the state to religion that sets those ideas squarely within the context of orthodox Puritanism. This fall, I'll assign it in my colonial history course and see if my undergraduates can benefit from Morgan's praise of Williams's willingness to think for himself and to have the courage of his convictions.
Of course I liked this book. If you're not interested in good ol' Roger or church-state relations in the 1640s, then this one isn't for you. But...if you are...then this book is easy to read and very informative!
Facinating insight into the thought of the man who founded Rhode Island, Roger Williams.
Dr. Carl Ludwig Dorsch

Not completely sure if this is the volume I read...

Thomas Bonar
READ THIS !!!!!!!!
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