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Puritans in the New World : A Critical Anthology - David D. Hall

Puritans in the New World

A Critical Anthology

By: David D. Hall (Editor)

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Published: 18th April 2004
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"Puritans in the New World" tells the story of the powerful yet turbulent culture of the English people who embarked on an "errand into the wilderness." It presents the Puritans in their own words, shedding light on the lives both of great dissenters such as Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson and of the orthodox leaders who contended against them. Classics of Puritan expression, like Mary Rowlandson's captivity narrative, Anne Bradstreet's poetry, and William Bradford's "Of Plymouth Plantation" appear alongside texts that are less well known but no less important: confessions of religious experience by lay people, the "diabolical" possession of a young woman, and the testimony of Native Americans who accept Christianity. Hall's chapter introductions provide a running history of Puritanism in seventeenth-century New England and alert readers to important scholarship.

Above all, this is a collection of texts that vividly illuminates the experience of being a Puritan in the New World. The book will be welcomed by all those who are interested in early American literature, religion, and history.

"A welcome anthology through which to understand and teach the New England Puritans. Hall captures the full range of Puritan religious expression and helps the reader understand the complexity of Puritan thought and practice."--Philip F. Gura, University of North Carolina
"One cannot imagine a better person to edit an anthology on American Puritanism than David D. Hall. The first comprehensive collection to approach Puritan writing primarily from a historical rather than a literary perspective, this book has, as one would expect, numerous virtues, not least of which is that it emphasizes Puritanism as a lived religion as opposed to a set of doctrines or moral postures."--Charles L. Cohen, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Introductionp. ix
Permissionsp. xvii
From the Old World to the Newp. 1
William Bradford, the "Pilgrims," and the Founding of Plymouth Plantationp. 9
Of Plymouth Plantationp. 11
"We Dream Not of Perfection"p. 32
To His Former Parishioners at Terlingp. 32
Thomas Shepard on His Life in Old and New Englandp. 37
"To My Dear Son": An Autobiographyp. 38
The Town of Dedham Organizes a Gathered Churchp. 53
A Brief History of the Church of Christ at Dedhamp. 54
Theology in New England: The Plight of Sinners and the Stages of Redemptionp. 65
Thomas Shepard''s Catechism: On the Fall and Redemption of Humankindp. 71
First Principles of the Oracles of Godp. 72
Thomas Hooker on Vocation, or the Gospel Promisep. 76
The Gift of Free Grace through the Effectual Callp. 77
Thomas Shepard on Sinp. 86
The Sound Believerp. 86
The Antinomian Controversy: John Cotton Debates the Other Ministersp. 89
A Conference Held at Bostonp. 91
Increase Mather on the New Baptismal Pietyp. 97
Increase Mather: Pray for the Rising Generationp. 98
Patterns of Piety and Devotionp. 105
John Winthrop on Becoming a Christianp. 111
Christian Experiencep. 112
Laypeople Describe the Work of Gracep. 119
Confessions from the Churches of Cambridge, Chelmsford, and East Windsorp. 120
Anne Bradstreet on Vanity and the Practice of Meditationp. 135
For my dear son, Simon Bradstreetp. 137
As Weary Pilgrimp. 138
A Story of Spiritual Confusion: Elizabeth Knapp''s "Diabolical Possession"p. 140
A Brief Account of a Strange and Unusual Providence of God Befallen to Elizabeth Knapp of Grotonp. 141
The Good Societyp. 157
John Winthrop on the Social Ethics of a Godly Commonwealthp. 164
Christian Charity, A Model Hereofp. 165
John Cotton on Democracy, Power, and Theocracyp. 171
To Lord Say and Sele 1636p. 172
An Exposition upon the Thirteenth Chapter of the Revelationp. 175
John Winthrop Defends His Understanding of Authorityp. 177
A Little Speech on Libertyp. 178
Sarah Goodhue on Family as a Spiritual Communityp. 181
A Valedictory and Monitory Writingp. 182
Verses Addressed to Her Husband and Familyp. 188
To My Dear and loving Husbandp. 188
In reference to her Children, 23 June 1659p. 189
In memory of my dear grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet, who deceased August, 1665 being a year and half oldp. 191
On my dear grandchild Simon Bradstreet, who died on 16 November 1669 being but a month, and one day oldp. 192
The Ministers Complain of Public and Private Sins, and Offer a Remedy for Themp. 193
Increase Mather: The Necessity of Reformationp. 194
Dissentersp. 201
Separatist, Baptist, "Seeker"p. 205
From A History of New Englandp. 207
Anne Hutchinson Defies the Magistrates and Ministersp. 211
A Short History of the Rise, Reign, and Ruine of Antinomiansp. 213
The Baptists Plead for Freedom of Consciencep. 225
Ill Newes from New-Englandp. 228
To the Governor of Massachusettsp. 232
To John Cotton and John Wilsonp. 234
To Sir Richard Saltonstallp. 235
Encountering the Native Americansp. 239
The Pequot "War" of 1637p. 245
A Brief History of the Pequot Warp. 246
Forming Native American Congregationsp. 255
Tears of Repentancep. 258
The Martha''s Vineyard Missionp. 270
Experience Mayhew: Indian Convertsp. 270
Mary Rowlandson: A Captive Because of God''s Providencep. 282
The Sovereignty & Goodness of Godp. 283
Errand into the Wildernessp. 323
John Cotton on the Millenniump. 329
The Churches Resurrectionp. 330
Edward Johnson on New England''s Newfound Prosperityp. 333
The Wonder-working Providence of Sion''s Saviour in New-Englandp. 334
Samuel Danforth on Errand and Declinep. 336
A Brief Recognition of New-England''s Errand into the Wildernessp. 337
Increase Mather on the Politics of Declensionp. 342
Increase Mather: The Day of Trouble is nearp. 343
Bibliographical Note, and Works Citedp. 349
Indexp. 359
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ISBN: 9780691114095
ISBN-10: 0691114099
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 18th April 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.2  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.6