Religious liberty in Maryland and Rhode Island

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byLucian Johnston

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1903 Excerpt: ... II. Sngrr WUttama an& 2Uioto SlulanlL On this subject there is perhaps more confusion than on the former, and the reason is the same--namely, the rash general assertions of historians. For the sake of clearness, then, we will take up each point separately. Roger Williams himself first claims attention. Even with him, it is necessary to adopt the method of analysis, as general statements concerning him are extremely misleading, owing to the strange inconsistency of his character. WILLIAMS' TEACHING ON THE SUBJECT OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. First, then, what did Williams teach on the subject of religious liberty? Candid criticism must admit that so far as his words go, he unmistakably preached absolute full freedom of conscience from civil interference, although here and there we notice a slight shading of opposite color. In his "Bloody Tenent Made More Bloody" (written as a defense of his "Bloody Tenent of Persecution" published in 1644), he writes: "As it would be confusion for the Church to censure such matters and acts of such persons as belong not to the Church; so it is confusion for the State to punish spiritual offences, for they are not within the sphere of civil jurisdiction. The Civil State and magistrate are merely and essentially civil, and, therefore, cannot reach (without transgressing the bounds of civility) to judge in matters spiritual, which are of another sphere and nature than civility is" (Cobb, 426). In a letter to Endicott (Letters, p. 225), he maintains that "there is no other prudent Christian way of preserving peace in the world but by permission of differing consciences." In a letter to John Whipple (Letters, p. 328), under date of July 8, 1669: "I commend that man whether Jew, Turk or Papist. that steers no otherwise than his conscienc...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1903 Excerpt: ... II. Sngrr WUttama an& 2Uioto SlulanlL On this subject there is perhaps more confusion than on the former, and the reason is the ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217253733

ISBN - 13:9780217253734

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