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Building a New Jerusalem$
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Francis J. Bremer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300179132

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300179132.001.0001

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Cracks in the Foundation

Cracks in the Foundation

(p.220) Chapter 15 Cracks in the Foundation
Building a New Jerusalem

Francis J. Bremer

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This chapter explains how, in the early decades of New Haven's history, the colony earned a reputation among other puritans for being a model society. But as John Davenport well understood, the best efforts of men to reform society would remain imperfect. During the 1640s, two major disruptions in the church shook the colony's foundations. Davenport may also have been concerned about the harshness of the church proceedings. He generally sought more moderate penalties, such as admonition, and sought to reconcile divergent elements in the church. Davenport would also have been concerned about the consequences that the excommunication would have for the town school. It was him who presumably circulated an account of the case to other clergy in the region.

Keywords:   New Haven, church, John Davenport, admonition

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