On Religious Liberty: Selections from the Works of Roger Williams
Banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for his refusal to conform to Puritan religious and social standards, Roger Williams established a haven in Rhode Island for those persecuted in the name of the religious establishment. Davis gathers together important selections from Williams's public and private writings on religious liberty, illustrating how this renegade Puritan radically reinterpreted Christian moral theology and the events of his day in a powerful argument for freedom of conscience and the separation of church and state.
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1 Mr Cottons Letter Lately Printed Examined and Answered
2 Queries of Highest Consideration
3 The Bloody Tenent of Persecution for Cause of Conscience
4 Christenings Make Not Christians
6 The Fourth Paper Presented by Major Butler
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