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Overview This book examines how biblical interpretation promoted both violent persecution and religious liberty in colonial America. Frequently, the Bible was a violent force in Puritan New England, where ministers and magistrates used biblical passages to justify the punishment of many religious radicals. Encouraged by the Bible, Puritans whipped and imprisoned Baptists, banished a variety of radicals from the Puritan colonies, and even sent Quakers to the gallows. Among those banished was Roger Williams, the advocate of religious liberty who also founded the colony of Rhode Island and established the first Baptist church in America. Williams opposed the Puritans' use of the Bible to persecute radicals who rejected the state's established religion. In retaliation against the use of Scripture for violent purposes, Williams argued that religious liberty was a biblical concept that offered the only means of eliminating the religious wars and persecutions that plagued the seventeenth century. Empowered by his interpretation of Scripture, Williams posed a serious challenge to a colonial society in which the Bible was the paramount guide in every aspect of life, both public and private. As Byrd reveals, Williams's biblical case for religious liberty was multifaceted. He drew from a wide range of scriptural texts and wrestled with a variety of interpreters. By focusing on Williams's biblical opposition to religious persecution, this book demonstrates the importance of the Bible to violence, religioius liberty, and the relationship between church and state in early American history. Included is a reference guide to Williams's biblical interpreation which features the only biblical indices to his published works, accompanied by rankings of his biblical citations in various categories, including his most cited biblical passages throughout his career.
Publishers Description Encouraged by the Bible, Puritans banished a variety of radicals from the Puritan colonies including Baptists. Among those banished was Roger Williams, the advocate of religious liberty who established the first Baptist church in America. Williams posed a serious challenge to a colonial society in which the Bible was the paramount guide in every aspect of life, both public and private.
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Studio: Mercer University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.24" Width: 6.38" Height: 1.11" Weight: 1.33 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2002
Publisher Mercer University Press
ISBN 0865547718 ISBN13 9780865547711
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More About James P. Byrd
James P. Byrd is Assistant Professor of American Religious History and Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion. He is the author of Jonathan Edwards for Armchair Theologians and The Challenges of Roger Williams.
James P. Byrd was born in 1965 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Vanderbilt University Divinity School.
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A profound glimpse into colonial American history Oct 5, 2002
The Challenges Of Roger Williams: Religious Liberty, Violent Persecution, And The Bible by James P. Byurd, Jr. (American Religious History, Vanderbilt University) is a scholarly examination of how interpretation of the Bible prompted violent and fatal persecution of religious liberty in colonial America. Puritan punishments, banishment, and executions of Baptists, radical thinkers, Quakers, and more are all brought to light, as is the story of Roger Williams, who founded the colony of Rhode Island and the first American Baptist Church. Roger Williams dared to advocate religious liberty and paid the price of banishment; his arguments and their repercussions today hold weight in this profound glimpse into colonial American history. The Challenges Of Roger Williams is a highly recommended contribution to American History, Baptist History, and Christian Studies reading lists and academic reference collection.