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Overview Gaustad skillfully identifies Roger Williams, not just as the founder of Rhode Island and defender of religious freedom, but as a man of deep convictions who fought passionately to achieve and preserve liberty of conscience in America. This work provides an enlightening glimpse into one of history's most elusive figures.
Publishers Description Gaustad skillfully tells the story of Roger Williams: founder of Rhode Island, a defender of religious liberty, and a man of deep religious and political convictions.
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Studio: Judson Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1999
Publisher Judson Press
ISBN 0817013385 ISBN13 9780817013387
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More About Edwin S. Gaustad
Edwin S. Gaustad is emeritus Professor of History, University of California, Riverside.He is a noted church historian and the author of over a dozen books.
Randall Balmer is Mandel Family Professor of Arts & Sciences and Chair, Department of Religion, Dartmouth College. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books."
Edwin S. Gaustad currently resides in Riverside, in the state of California. Edwin S. Gaustad has an academic affiliation as follows - University of California, Riverside University of California, Riversid.
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The Founders' Founder Sep 12, 2002
This beautifully written book brings to light, in an understated but poetic way, the genius and greatness of the man who, as Gaustad says, "was out to do nothing less than alter the institutional structure of the Western world." It is a measure of our time that many people, especially young people educated pursuant to the fashionable bromides of contemporary social science education, have never heard of this first founder of liberty of conscience and disestablishment of religion in America. In our epoch of attempted "faith-based" governmental initiatives, Gaustad's book reminds us, by constant reference to the writings of Roger Williams, of those principles that, after a bitter struggle of more than a century, came to distinguish this nation from the government-controlled religion and thought of the rest of the world. The life of Roger Williams shows that deeply held religious belief necessarily implies an unwavering commitment to the principle of absolute separation of church and state. Williams' life also demonstrates that at least one colonial leader tried, unsuccessfully, to overcome the tendency of the Puritans to treat Native Americans as less than human or as mere subjects for conversion to Christianity. The tragedy of Williams' life consisted solely in the failure of his decades-long effort to resolve the conflict between rapacious, religiously hypocritical English settlers and the Native Americans. The triumph of his life was his original pronouncement, in this country, of the enduring but often threatened principle that government should be restricted to civil, not religious, tasks. More than a century later, Jefferson and Madison built on the foundation that Roger Williams so nobly established in his writings and in the constitutional documents of Rhode Island.
Williams Still Relevant Today! Jul 12, 2001
Gaustad did an excellent job of portraying not only Williams' beliefs, politic and theology but the state of the world that led to their development and need. Very readable, never boring, practical and insightful to William's America as it is to ours. WE could learn a great deal from Williams, even so mamy years later. Gaustad truly brought him to life.
Insightful biography of Williams Jul 7, 2000
Gaustad's Liberty of Conscience is the second biography of Roger Williams I have read this summer. Perhaps because the first, Covey's The Gentle Radical, was so prolix, I loved Gaustad's work. His selection of historical data, his clear sequencing, and his explication of Williams's own writings make this a delight to read. Seventeenth-century Britain and colonial America and all those names one vaguely remembers are vividly described. The prose is clear and attractive. I came away with a new appreciation of Williams. Gaustad sees him as the first to set forth those principles of religious liberty that were picked up after him by Locke, Penn, Jefferson, and others and which we take for granted today. Toleration is a subject of current conversation within the United States. This biography depicts someone who fought for toleration in a time when people were being banished and even executed for not believing what the political powers said they must believe. It really gives a healthy perspective on our times. I recommend it highly.