The Antinomian Controversy, 1636-1638: A Documentary History

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David D. Hall
Duke University Press, 1990 - Religion - 453 pages
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The Antinomian controversy—a seventeenth-century theological crisis concerning salvation—was the first great intellectual crisis in the settlement of New England. Transcending the theological questions from which it arose, this symbolic controversy became a conflict between power and freedom of conscience. David D. Hall's thorough documentary history of this episode sheds important light on religion, society, and gender in early American history.
This new edition of the 1968 volume, published now for the first time in paperback, includes an expanding bibliography and a new preface, treating in more detail the prime figures of Anne Hutchinson and her chief clerical supporter, John Cotton. Among the documents gathered here are transcripts of Anne Hutchinson's trial, several of Cotton's writings defending the Antinomian position, and John Winthrop's account of the controversy. Hall's increased focus on Hutchinson reveals the harshness and excesses with which the New England ministry tried to discredit her and reaffirms her place of prime importance in the history of American women.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Letters between Thomas Shepard and John Cotton
24
On Union
34
John Cotton Sixteene Questions of Serious
43
The Elders Reply
60
Mr Cottons Rejoynder
78
John Wheelwright A FastDay Sermon
152
John Cotton A Conference Held at Boston
173
John Winthrop A Short Story of the Rise reign
199
The Examination of Mrs Anne Hutchinson at
311
A Report of the Trial of Mrs Anne Hutchinson
349
Proceedings of the Boston Church against
389
A Note on the Transcription of Manuscripts
439
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David D. Hall is Bartlett Professor of New England Church History at the Harvard Divinity School. His books include Puritans in the New World: A Critical Anthology; Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment: Popular Religious Belief in Early New England; and Antinomian Controversy, 1636-1638: A Documentary History, published by Duke University Press.

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