Making Heretics: Militant Protestantism and Free Grace in Massachusetts, 1636-1641

Making Heretics: Militant Protestantism and Free Grace in Massachusetts, 1636-1641

by Michael P. Winship
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691089434

ISBN-13: 9780691089430

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Making Heretics is a major new narrative of the famous Massachusetts disputes of the late 1630s misleadingly labeled the "antinomian controversy" by later historians. Drawing on an unprecedented range of sources, Michael Winship fundamentally recasts these interlocked religious and political struggles as a complex ongoing interaction of personalities and

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Making Heretics is a major new narrative of the famous Massachusetts disputes of the late 1630s misleadingly labeled the "antinomian controversy" by later historians. Drawing on an unprecedented range of sources, Michael Winship fundamentally recasts these interlocked religious and political struggles as a complex ongoing interaction of personalities and personal agendas and as a succession of short-term events with cumulative results.

Previously neglected figures like Sir Henry Vane and John Wheelwright assume leading roles in the processes that nearly ended Massachusetts, while more familiar "hot Protestants" like John Cotton and Anne Hutchinson are relocated in larger frameworks. The book features a striking portrayal of the minister Thomas Shepard as an angry heresy-hunting militant, helping to set the volatile terms on which the disputes were conducted and keeping the flames of contention stoked even as he ostensibly attempted to quell them.

The first book-length treatment in forty years, Making Heretics locates its story in rich contexts, ranging from ministerial quarrels and negotiations over fine but bitterly contested theological points to the shadowy worlds of orthodox and unorthodox lay piety, and from the transatlantic struggles over the Massachusetts Bay Company's charter to the fraught apocalyptic geopolitics of the Reformation itself. An object study in the ways that puritanism generated, managed, and failed to manage diversity, Making Heretics carries its account on into England in the 1640s and 1650s and helps explain the differing fortunes of puritanism in the Old and New Worlds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691089430
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ix

ABBREVIATIONS xi

Introduction 1

CHAPTER ONE: Assurance of Salvation in the Early Seventeenth Century 12

CHAPTER TWO: Lively Stones: John Cotton and Anne Hutchinson 28

CHAPTER THREE: The Most Glorious Church in the World: Boston, c. 1636 44

CHAPTER FOUR: Practicing Puritanism in a Strange Land: Massachusetts, c. 1636 64

CHAPTER FIVE: Secret Quarrels Turn Public: Summer 1636-January 1637 83

CHAPTER SIX: Convicting John Wheelwright: January-March 1637 106

CHAPTER SEVEN: Abimelech's Faction: March-August 1637 126

CHAPTER EIGHT: Reclaiming Cotton: August-September 1637 149

CHAPTER NINE: The November Trials: October-November 1637 166

CHAPTER TEN: An American Jezebel: November 1637-March 1638 188

CHAPTER ELEVEN: Holding Forth Darkly: March 1638-February 1641 211

CHAPTER TWELVE: Godly Endings 235

NOTES 247

INDEX 313

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