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Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul by John M. Barry
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Feb 22, 12

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Read from January 22 to February 19, 2012

We think we live in trying times. How about living in England and the future US during the 1600s? Puritans leave England and set up a "city on a hill" in Massachusetts but the city explicitly ties Church and State: criticizing the State is seen as heresy; not observing religious rules brings on civil penalties. Along comes Roger Williams, well schooled in dealing with royalty and follower of people thinking about Church and State. Meanwhile, back in England the King is also mixing Church and State leading to his beheading, entry of Cromwell, etc. Quite a time. Williams ultimately sets up Rhode Island as a place where there is a wall between Church and State and many religions are tolerated. Williams says church and state must be separate because when they are mixed, state always corrupts the church.
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