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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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Boston Divided

Boston Divided

(p.314) Chapter 20 Boston Divided
Building a New Jerusalem

Francis J. Bremer

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses how Boston was the region's most important political and cultural center, which made its church the most visible in the colonies. Members of the Boston First Church seem also to have been divided over the issue of toleration, which was widely debated because of the activities of Baptists and Quakers. The division between those who supported proposals moving the church toward Presbyterian positions while expressing intolerance to other sects on the one hand, and those who shared a spirit of toleration and opposition to the recommendations of the 1662 synod on the other, was notable on the issue of how Baptists were to be treated.

Keywords:   Baptists, Quakers, Presbyterian, church, Boston, toleration

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