Congregational Communion

Congregational Communion

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Puritan studies is one of the most heavily researched areas of scholarship in both England and the United States. In this in-depth exploration of the relationship between Puritans in England and New England, Francis J. Bremer challenges the view that the colonists turned away from English Puritans in the 1640s. Rather, he convincingly demonstrates that the two communities retained a complex, symbiotic connection - a communion - throughout the seventeenth century, and that the clergy on both sides of the Atlantic saw themselves as closely linked in their spiritual mission. Focusing on the interaction between social experience and the shaping of belief, Bremer thoroughly analyzes how Puritan clergymen of a congregational persuasion came together in a godly communion and examines how that communion sustained them in times of trouble and physical dispersal. He explains the social forces that led to the articulation of early Congregationalism and details the significance of trans-Atlantic religious exchanges through correspondence, associations, publications, and other devices. Bremer traces the first-generation Puritans from their formative years at Cambridge University through the creation of a network of clerical friendships, through the flight to Holland and to New England, to the death of Oliver Cromwell and the beginnings of division within Congregationalism. This thought-provoking volume makes a solid contribution to Puritan studies and offers a basis for further discussions of the trans-Atlantic aspects of the Congregational community.Hutton, Restoration, 146; Seaward, Cavalier Parliament, 31; Richard Greaves, Deliver Us from Evil (Oxford, 1986), 10. ... Nonconformity in Essex, 357n; Nuttall, aquot; Haynes, aquot; 208; Berry, Major General, 266-267; Greaves, Deliver Us from Evil, 30-3 anbsp;...


Title:Congregational Communion
Author: Francis J. Bremer
Publisher:UPNE - 1994
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