By Perry Miller
A cautious exam of the Puritan brain and the highbrow improvement of seventeenth-century New England.
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THE SOCIALIZATION OF PIETY XXIV. xxv. XXVI. %XVII. XXVIII. DO-GOOD cause THE test. u. PHI. l. O$OPHT THE loss of life OF an idea POLITY AS a kind OF PATRlonSJ,( EPILOGUE, VALE ATQUE AVE, 481 BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTES, 489 INDEX, 4-99 .. , '" .. , 417 ... PROLOGUE RICHARD MATHER'S FAREWELL JOHN Winthrop, Governor of Massachusetts Bay, died in 1649, as did Thomas Shepard, so much eloquent of preachers, relentless searcher of souls, and acute divider among the states of grace and reprobation. years sooner than, Thomas H ooker, magisterial founding father of Connecticut, who may well placed a king in his pocket, preceded them. In 1652, John Cotton, prime student and reliable apologist of the hot England manner, died in Boston, his identify a robust one anywhere Protestant studying and erudition have been respected. those were the spokesmen, and with them a iteration ended. there has been nonetheless J ohn Davenport in New Haven, yet he had withdrawn into peculiarities which even to Puritans appeared excessively rigorous. kids of those Plutarch ian fath ers all started a lament they can no longer restrain: SIudJ nonl Be left in the back of to tell's the QuondlZm GkJry Of this pliJntationP through the 6th decade of the century just one remained from the pantheon of significant founders-Richard Mather of Dorchester. simply he, imperative architect of The Cambridge Platform (by which in 1648 orthodox New England released to the area its particular structure of church government), simply he may pronou. '1ce the admonition and benediction of the fathers. via the 10th of April 1657, virtually deaf and blind in a single eye, he felt the time had come to talk A Farewel-Exhortation To the Church and folks of Dorchester in New-England. (Actually, he used to be to reside unnl Apnl 1669. ) He and his colleagues had invested estate, power, existence; now others needs to carryon, teenagers who, like his youngest son raise, knew not anything of heroic days in England whilst King Charles darkened the skies by means of pushing aside Parliament and whilst Laud's "visitors" advised Richard to his face that he had larger have begot seven bastards than to have preached with no surplice. Into this valedictory, Richard Mather poured the adventure of a new release, strove via major strength to warn of what of their eyes, regardless of t he astonishing success, have been glaring hazards. As we'd anticipate, Mather exhorted the progeny to carry quickly to the • PROLOGUE theological propositions arrayed within the Westminster ConfeHion, which he had persuaded the Synod of 1648 to suggest, and advised upon them constancy to the scheme of ecclesiastical polity he had carried via that meeting. yet in his vital guideline he made a press release to which we may possibly connect designated importance, the entire extra because it betrays uneasiness approximately anything that had no longer, within the endless knowledge of the fathers, been foreseen . It unearths a belated knowledge of 1 think about the constructing economic system with which neither the Confession nor the Platform had dealt: It i. actual the situation of many among you . . • is luch as nece5Sarily pUll you directly to have a lot imployment concerning the issues of this lifestyles, and to labour witl'l care & paines taking within the wOlkes of hu!