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MARY DYER Biography of a Rebel Quakerby Ruth Plimpton
Her quest began when she and her husband sailed from old to new England in 1635. Landing in Boston, they were soon disillusioned by the intolerant practices and beliefs of the Puritans, who considered that all truth could be
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This is the story of Mary Dyer whose indomitable efforts to seek and find “freedom to worship” lead eventually to her death.
Her quest began when she and her husband sailed from old to new England in 1635. Landing in Boston, they were soon disillusioned by the intolerant practices and beliefs of the Puritans, who considered that all truth could be found in the Old Testament—and only there. Variations, from Puritan interpretations of the Ten Commandments, were punished by cruel torture and/or death. Banished from Boston for protesting such rigidity in belief and in practice, Mary was among the group who founded Rhode Island, where freedom in belief and in practice of worship was established.
Mary Dyer did not cease from exploring every available form of worship until she discovered the one which spoke the truth to her. On a trip back to England, Mary met George Fox, who gave her the confidence that women had special intellectual and spiritual gifts.
Fox encouraged her to become a Quaker and a missionary. She was alarmed by Boston Puritan laws designed to repress and eliminate Quakers. Undaunted, Mary challenged the Puritans’ intolerance.
Her response to the repeated threats of death was to say, “My life not availaeth me in comparison with the liberty of the truth.” Because she would not give up religious freedom, she was hanged on the Boston Common in 1660.
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I could not put it down. It contained so much history of our country, most I never heard of before. I recommend it to my friends all the time.
Mary Dyer is an ancestor of mine. I've read bits and pieces about her and it was nice to have all the pieces tied together in the book. This book tells a story I never heard in school, about America's freedom of religion or lack thereof...