By Mark A. Noll
From the energetic severities of the 17th-century Pilgrims and Puritans to the ebullience of the televanglism age, the Christian adventure in North the United States is wealthy and sundry. Noll covers all of it during this remarkable narrative survey. Tracing the expansion of Christian trust and associations and their interactions with tradition within the U.S. and Canada from the colonial interval to the current, his process is vast and finished. Many biographical profiles upload a private measurement to the narrative.
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The Platform accepted as ((very holy, orthodox & judicious in all matters of faith" the Westminster Confession, a statement of Calvinist or thodoxy that had just been prepared in England at the request of Parliament. But the Platform differed with the Westminster Confession's presbyterian views of church government. The New Englanders agreed that the ((Catho lick [universal ] Church" consisted of all Christians, but it stated that local churches were to be made up only of professed Christians and their children.
Second, the Puritans emphasized the authority of the Bible. Specifi cally, they believed that the Bible exerts a "regulative" authority, which means that Christians, so far as possible, should do only what the Scriptures explicitly direct. In this belief, they went considerably beyond Martin Luther and their Anglican fellows, who held that the Bible was supreme in the sense that believers should do nothing prohibited by Scripture. Among themselves, however, Puritans could not always agree on what exactly the Bible demanded.
Capi tol. But the corridors of power he cared about most were heavenly rather than earthly. Library of Congress baptized Indians who attempted to leave the n1issions should be forcibly returned, and he believed that corporal punishment -including the whip and the stocks - also had a place. In a reversal of ordinary roles, a California governor once complained that this time the friars were punishing the natives too severely. VVhen in the twentieth century the Roman Catholic Church began to investigate Serra as a candidate for sainthood, it was faced with a dilemma.
A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada by Mark A. Noll