The Puritan Dilemma: The Story of John Winthrop

By: Edmund S. Morgan

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Cover is worn. No marks or writing observed in the text. Previous owner's name and green mark on the front inside cover. Previous library's stamp on back inside cover. ...................... .................... TOC: xii, 224 pages ; 21 cm. Contents: The taming of the heart -- Evil and declining times -- A shelter and a hiding place -- The way to a New England -- Survival -- A special commission -- A due form of government -- Leniency rebuked -- Separatism unleashed -- Seventeenth-century nihilism -- The New England way -- New England or Old -- Foreign affairs. ......................... ................. 'This is an excellent overview of Winthrop and his Massachusetts Bay Colony. The author traces how John Winthrop struggled with the dilemma, first internally, as he dealt with the question of whether traveling to the New World represented a selfish form of 'separatism', the desire to separate himself from an impure England, or whether, as he eventually determined, it offered a unique opportunity to set an example for all men by establishing a shining 'City upon a Hill', a purer Christian community in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In this regard, it seems to have been of vital importance to Winthrop and his fellow Puritan colonists that they had the imprimatur of the King and that though they were physically distancing themselves from the Church of England, they were not actually renouncing it. The issues Winthrop faced are no different than what the Church still faces today (though perhaps seemingly less practical). That is, what is the normative and non-arbitrary basis for jurisprudence- Gods' law or autonomy? Gary North's books are particularly helpful in answering this, hopefully, rhetorical question. The sad reality is that most ecclesiastic officers and the Church as a whole are altogether unprepared to deal with the task presented to Winthrop because of their pessimillenialial views despite Christ's admonition that the (defensive!) Gates of Hades shall not prevail against His kingdom.' -- R. Jankowski

Title: The Puritan Dilemma: The Story of John Winthrop

Author Name: Edmund S. Morgan

Categories: Theology,

Publisher: Scott Foresman & Co: June 1962

ISBN Number: 0316582867

ISBN Number 13: 9780316582865

Size: Soft Cover

Book Condition: Used - Good

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