Early New England (Emory University Studies In Law And Religion Series)
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...
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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
David A. Weir is professor of history at Nyack College in New York. His other book is The Origins of the Federal Theology in Sixteenth-Century Reformation Thought.
- Acknowledgments List Of Tables And Figures Abbreviations Explanation Of Quotation Style And Terminology Introduction 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 Conclusion Appendix 1 A Listing Of Seventeenth-century Towns, Churches, And Native American Praying Places In Or Related To New England, Including A Checklist Of Covenant And Foundational Activity, 1620-1708 Appendix 2 Typology Of Early New England Local Civil Covenants, Arranged Chronologically Bibliographical Essay Notes Index