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Liberty of Conscience: Roger Williams in America

(Library of Religious Biography)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Gaustad skillfully tells the story of Roger Williams: founder of Rhode Island, a defender of religious liberty, and a man of deep religious and political convictions.
Paperback, 229 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by Judson Press (first published 1991)
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Shirley
Aug 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
someone high school history doesn't teach about
Rendi Hahn
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Though the writing isn't spectacular, Roger Williams was pretty great! Williams founded Rhode Island on the premise that those who lived there could have "liberty of conscience" and could not be forced by civil authorities to conform to a particular religious tradition or to pay obligatory "tithes" to a religious tradition they did not believe in. Having emigrated from a land being torn apart by this very issue, Williams' mission was to provide a place where people of any (or no) faith could liv ...more
Hands
Apr 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: green-office
Roger Williams has never received the credit he deserves for creating a state in which the state would take no action with respect the the free exercise of conscience of its citizens. The book adequately describes the problems he faces in creating a "working" colony eve under threat from Massachusetts and Connecticut not to mention native tribes (although he tried to smooth relations there when possible).

This is a good general biography of RW - I'm now planning to read Perry Miller's book to se
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JW
Jun 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
This gives a good primer of the religious persecution and freedom to worship that lay at the foundation of this nation. Any one instead in discerning the foundations of the ideology of separation between church and state in America may find this fascinating.
Kidbri
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
An inspiration of a man whose message should be heeded today.
Brad Hart
Mar 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Another excellent book on one of my all-time favorite people in history.
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