Visible Saints: The History of a Puritan Idea
Through a richly detailed account of the genesis, flowering, and decline of the Puritan ideal of a church of the elect in England and America, Professor Morgan offers an important reinterpretation of a pivotal era in New England history.
Historians have generally supposed that the main outlines of the Puritan church were determined in England and Holland and transplanted to the new world. The author convincingly suggests, instead, that the distinguishing characteristic of the New England churchesóthe ideal of a church composed exclusively of true and tested saintsódeveloped fully only in the 1630's and 1640's, some time after the first settlers arrived in New England. He also examines the influence of the Separatist colony at Plymouth on the later settlers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and follows the difficulties created by a definition of the religious community so selective that the New England churches nearly expired for lack of saints to fill them.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dougshow - LibraryThing
I found this book very helpful in understanding early Puritanism in America. I highly recommend it to anyone wishing to study that era of American religious history. The two very helpful things about ... Read full review
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Very informative book on the separatist wing of the Puritan movement. The separating Puritans were a great example of what happens when men strive after purity of life and doctrine, but at the expense ... Read full review