Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty

Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty

by John M. Barry
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Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State and the Path to Liberty 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first discovered information about this book in an article in the 2012 SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE. I was pleased to discover the book is currently available. Today I read a NOOK sample. Currently I am preparing to purchase the book. Roger Williams settled in the Massachusetts colony in 1631. Soon he was questioning the understanding of religious issues stated by John Winthrop. A few years later during a blizzard John Winthrop sent troops to arrest Williams in order to send him back to England. Williams left his home that night. Helped by the Indians he was able to survive. He later became the founder of Rhode Island where liberty was allowed without fear of arrest. He provides an undeerstanding of what religious freedom means: freedom to disagree without fear of imprisonment. I look forward to reading in more detail a further discussion of his conclusions: government involvement with religion corrupst religion and mixing religion with politics results in politics. Considering current political discourse it is a very timely subject. I suggest one read this book to become more knowledgable about the meaning of the first amendment clause regarding freedom of religion. The issue is a very current one and deserves our best understanding of the issue. I know I will.
kturner4 More than 1 year ago
A very informative read about Roger Williams helping to establish democracy in America and trying to get away from some of the conflicting church and state policies having taken place in England, and in being banned from Massachusetts helped set up a new camp in Providence. Thank you for having this in a giveaway program also (advance uncorrected proof) and giving me the chance to win and review this copy:)
TX-LA-MS-CG_Family More than 1 year ago
There aren't many books that I wish would go on and on for 1000 pages but this was one! A great and important book. I recommend it very much!
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Modern news media headlines daily present issues that trace their origins to the thought of Roger Williams. Here was a man whose early llfe experiences and formal education prepared him to fill a unique role in the eventual formulation of doctrines we view today as the underpinning ideals of our American society. Williams developed the concept of separation of church and state, freedom of conscience, and the belief that government derives its power from the consent of the governed. He dwas not the first to express these ideas, but Williams paid dearly for his devotion to his philosophy which he based on Scripture and on his understanding of English common law. The controversy between the intolerance of Puritanism and Williams's willingness to accept the possibility of freedom's resulting in error is reflected in today's political rhetoric contrasting conservative values with more progressive, liberal ideas. Rather than dwelling on presenting a narrative of Williams's banishment from Massachusetts, the author concentrated on the development of Williams's thought and its impact on the development of American society. I recommend this book to those who are still wrestling with the rights of others to hold opposing viewpoints, Tolerance demands that we not only permit free speech, but we show our dedicatiion to liberty by respecting the rights of others to self-expression, particularly when wwe are convinced they are wrong. .. .
JurgenSchulze More than 1 year ago
Barry has created more than a simple biography of Roger Williams. Placing Williams into the context of his time, discussing in some detail the religious nuances, and not shying away from describing in detail the bigotry of the Puritans in Massachusetts shows both skill and a fundamental understanding of the relevant issues. Despite the complex material handled at time, easy to follow and to read. A "must" for any religiously minded household or those who find it difficult to separate religion/church from state.
DFY More than 1 year ago
Roger Williams was a man way ahead of his time. John Barry tells a fascinating tale that weaves together English history, and Roger Williams thought by providing a rich context. Writing style turns what could be a dry history book into a real "page turner".
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John Barry’s book provides a good overview of the continuing battle between those that truly believe that Government should be a nursemaid to religion and those that believe these two institutions should be entirely separate. It is a truism that those that write about themselves will be remembered longer. Historically there are some events that are glossed over and other individual contributions are totally omitted. In the end, this is a book about what others have said, but the book is true to it’s basic intent; this is a book that investigates the continuing battle between those that wish the state to have a religious bent and those that believe religion and politics do not mix.