Roger Williams. By Edwin S. Gaustad. Oxford and New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of : Oxford University Press, 2005. 150 pp.
Over one hundred years before the American Constitution, the First Amendment, Thomas Jefferson or James Madison, and long before Jefferson coined the phrase, "wall of separation between church and state," Roger Williams pioneered in democracy, religious liberty, and separation of church and state
Brainerd was born in Haddam, Connecticut. He was orphaned at fourteen and had an experience that intensified his dedication to Christianity at age 21 in 1739. initiated his work among the Native Americans and Baptists exploded with growth in the Great Awakening Great Awakening, series of religious revivals that swept over the American colonies about the middle of the 18th cent. It resulted in doctrinal changes and influenced social and political thought. , Roger Williams served as a missionary to and advocate for the Native Americans and planted the first Baptist church in America The First Baptist Church in America is The First Baptist Church of Providence, Rhode Island, the oldest Baptist church in the United States, founded by Roger Williams in Providence, Rhode Island in 1638. .
In this delightful biography, Edwin S. Gaustad, preeminent Williams expert and outstanding scholar of American religion and church-state issues, introduces the reader to this American pioneer. Part of the Oxford University Press Lives and Legacies series that includes biographies of Mark Twain and Walt Whitman, this biography does not provide an exhaustive account of Williams's life and legacy. Rather, Gaustad's purpose is to write for a broad audience with a popular tone, which does not mean that he sacrifices any scholarly acumen. Instead, with razor-sharp precision, Gaustad cuts quickly to the major details and central themes of Williams's life.
Gaustad organizes his work in six chapters. The first chapter provides an overview of Williams's early life and his exile from Massachusetts. He includes a helpful map that traces Williams's migrations until he established Providence. The next four chapters take a thematic approach focusing upon certain aspects of Williams's ideas and contributions. Chapter two addresses Williams's relations with Native Americans, one place where he earned considerable plaudits in his lifetime, even from his critics, and where he was far ahead of his time. His missionary efforts have often been overlooked. Chapter three introduces Williams's prescient pre·scient
1. Of or relating to prescience.
2. Possessing prescience.
[French, from Old French, from Latin praesci efforts to establish Rhode Island Rhode Island, island, United States
Rhode Island, island, 15 mi (24 km) long and 5 mi (8 km) wide, S R.I., at the entrance to Narragansett Bay. It is the largest island in the state, with steep cliffs and excellent beaches. as a haven of religious freedom and a colony working toward democracy. Chapter four summarizes the Rhode Islander's hermeneutics hermeneutics, the theory and practice of interpretation. During the Reformation hermeneutics came into being as a special discipline concerned with biblical criticism. and careful reliance upon the New Testament. Chapter five builds upon the common theme of Williams's life, the promotion of religious liberty. As expected, Gaustad focuses briefly upon Williams's ongoing debate with Puritan leader John Cotton, with special attention to Williams's The Bloudy Tenent, and discusses his similarities to John Locke. Chapter six provides an overview of the colonial giant's legacy with a summary of developments in religious liberty in the succeeding generations. Each chapter concludes with an excerpt from a primary source or, in the case of chapter six, a lengthy quotation from Perry Miller
Perry G. Miller (February 25, 1905, Chicago USA - December 9, 1963) was an American intellectual historian and Harvard University professor. .
Gaustad does not delve deeply into any major questions. His book is meant to be an introduction to this "founding father." Those who wish to dig more deeply into Williams will want to read Gaustad's Liberty of Conscience: Roger Williams in America or other recent works. Those who want to debate Williams's biblical hermeneutics will need to read James Byrd's The Challenges of Roger Williams. But even those who have read extensively of Williams or who have read Williams's own writings will benefit from Gaustad's incisive summary. Gaustad reminds us again of what is truly owed to Williams and, that despite his intellectual and spiritual restlessness, Roger Williams was, first and foremost, a man of faith.--Reviewed by Michael E. Williams, St, dean of humanities and social sciences, Dallas Baptist University Dallas Baptist University (DBU), formerly known as Dallas Baptist College, is a Christian liberal arts university located in Dallas, Texas, USA. History
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