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A Reforming People : Puritanism and the transformation of public life in New England

Author: David D Hall
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this relevatory 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.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Church history
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David D Hall
ISBN: 9780807873113 080787311X 9780807837115 0807837113
OCLC Number: 785863286
Description: xxi, 255 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Chapter 1 "Arbitrary" or "Democratical"?: The Making of Colony Governments 22 --
Chapter 2 Land, Taxes, and Participation: The Making of Town Governments 53 --
Chapter 3 Godly Rule: Empowering the Saints 96 --
Chapter 4 An Equitable Society: Ethics, the Law, and Authority 127 --
Chapter 5 "Already in Heaven"?: Church and Community in Cambridge, Massachusetts 159.
Responsibility: David D. Hall ; with a new foreword by the author.

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Hall rescues the New England Puritans from the dark myths of repression... [He] reveals our original revolutionaries in search of equity, justice, and community. --Alan Taylor, author of The Civil Read more...

 
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