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I read this in graduate school at Harvard - the Harvard Divinity School, in a "History of Unitarianism and Congregationalism" with the late Dr. Charles Conrad Wright. Dr. Wright (my advisor) felt this was a standard, a mainstay in his and others' study of the field of Congregational history and of the Puritans in America.n
Perry Miller's _The New England Mind: From Colony to Provice_ was ALSO very clear on the idea of the visible saints and the feasibility of developing a beachhead of the kingdom of God on earth in preparation for the return of Jesus Christ in Glory, to rapture his saints.
Of course, the rise of comparative religion (underplayed in Transcendentalist history) and of supernatural rationalism in Christian apologetics, then the rise of acceptance of the scientific method made a big difference in what New England congregationalism could become.
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