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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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Defending Congregationalism and Baptism

Defending Congregationalism and Baptism

(p.254) Chapter 17 Defending Congregationalism and Baptism
Building a New Jerusalem

Francis J. Bremer

Yale University Press

This chapter explains how even while John Davenport and his fellow colonists presented their New England Way to England as a model for reformation, they were still working to refine that system. The New England colonies were founded upon Congregational principles, but over time there was a drift toward Presbyterian practices. It has been suggested that following the lay challenges to the established clergy by the supporters of Anne Hutchinson, many ministers sought to elevate their role in the governance of their churches. Contemporaries often referred to the New England Way, and historians have likewise employed the label to generalize about the church practices and beliefs of the region's puritan settlers in the seventeenth century.

Keywords:   John Davenport, reformation, New England, historians, puritan, clergy

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