Early New England: A Covenanted Society
The idea of covenant was at the heart of early New England society. In this singular book David Weir explores the origins and development of covenant thought in America by analyzing the town and church documents written and signed by seventeenth-century New Englanders. Unmatched in the breadth of its scope, this study takes into account all of the surviving covenants in all of the New England colonies. Weir's comprehensive survey of seventeenth-century covenants leads to a more complex picture of early New England than what emerges from looking at only a few famous civil covenants like the Mayflower Compact. His work shows covenant theology being transformed into a covenantal vision for society but also reveals the stress and strains on church-state relationships that eventually led to more secularized colonial governments in eighteenth-century New England. He concludes that New England colonial society was much more "English" and much less "American" than has often been thought, and that the New England colonies substantially mirrored religious and social change in Old England.
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The European Background
The Colonial Charters of Early New England
The Civil Covenants of Early New England
The Church Covenants of Early New England I The Standing Order
The Church Covenants of Early New England II The Dissenters
The Covenantal Confessions of Early New England The Seeds of Diversity
1st 1st American Andros Anglican Baptist Church Bibliography Boston Cambridge CC CC CC Charles Charter Christian church covenants Church of England Church Records Civil Covenant-2 civil covenants Colonial Clergy Confession of Faith confessional Congregational Church Congregationalism Connecticut Colony Constitutions County covenant theology covenantal Creeds Crown Dedham diss dissent documents early New England ecclesiastical England Company English established Federal FHLC™M foundation members gathered church gland granted half-way covenant Hampshire Hartford Haven Colony Historical Society History Ibid James Jersey John land Laws List London Long Island Lord Maine Massachusetts Bay Colony MBC MBC MHSC MHSP Monthly Meeting nant Newark Old England Parish Patent Plantation Plymouth Colony political Presbyterian Province Puritan Quakers Reformed Rehoboth religion religious Rhode Island Salem Savoy Declaration Separatists seventeenth century Swansea Thorpe tion Town Records unto Virginia vols Weis Westminster William worship York