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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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The Last Struggle

The Last Struggle

(p.339) Chapter 21 The Last Struggle
Building a New Jerusalem

Francis J. Bremer

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on how the division in the Boston First Church spilled into the politics of the Bay Colony. While controversy raged in the broader community, John Davenport and the Boston First Church were also occupied in the normal rhythms of religious life. The controversy that surrounded his last years was not solely of Davenport's making and did not end with his death. The divisions over the Synod of 1662 and the formation of the Third Church were evident at the opening of the May 1670 session of the colony's legislature. Davenport's 1669 election sermon was an important moment in another debate over the nature of the puritan experiment. The early leaders of the region had believed that while the state should provide a supportive environment for the growth of the church, it should avoid directly interfering in purely religious matters.

Keywords:   Boston First Church, Bay Colony, John Davenport, puritan

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