Godly Republicanism: Puritans, Pilgrims, and a City on a Hill

Godly Republicanism: Puritans, Pilgrims, and a City on a Hill

Michael P. Winship


Puritans didn't discover a existence loose from tyranny within the New World-they created it there. Massachusetts emerged a republic as they hammered out a imaginative and prescient of well known participation and constrained executive in church and kingdom, spurred through Plymouth Pilgrims. Godly Republicanism underscores how pathbreaking but rooted in puritanism's background the venture was.

Michael Winship takes us first to England, the place he uncovers the roots of the puritans' republican beliefs within the aspirations and struggles of Elizabethan Presbyterians. confronted with the dual tyrannies of Catholicism and the crown, Presbyterians became to the traditional New testomony church buildings for information. What they found there-whether it existed or not-was a republican constitution that steered larger versions for governing than monarchy.

The puritans took their beliefs to Massachusetts, yet they didn't forge their godly republic on my own. during this ebook, for the 1st time, the separatists' contentious, artistic interplay with the puritans is given its due. Winship appears on the emergence of separatism and puritanism from shared origins in Elizabethan England, considers their break up, and narrates the tale in their reunion in Massachusetts. Out of the stumble upon among the separatist Plymouth Pilgrims and the puritans of Massachusetts Bay arose Massachusetts Congregationalism.

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