Roger Williams and Puritan Radicalism in the English Separatist Tradition

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Demonstrates how Roger Williams developed the 17th-century English separatist tradition into the American political doctrine of separation of church and state.


" . . . students, especially of colonial America, should find it useful as an introduction to English Separatist thought." - The Catholic Historical

"An important study of the roots of Williams's theology in English separatism and of the emergence of his belief in the secular nature of the state. . . . Recommended for all libraries." - Choice

"Spurgin has produced a scholarly, well-documented study of the intellectual background of the radical Separatist leader and founder of the Rhode Island colony." - Bulletin of the Bangor Theological Seminary

". . . an instructive treatment of some of Williams's ideas along with those of certain predecessors and contemporaries. . . . the book does well to take Separatism seriously and to consider its broad impact on the American scene, both by way of Williams

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