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A nice short biography of America S First Baptist More s first Baptist More that the idea of religious liberty that seems so American to us started with Williams However Williams felt that church and state should be separate in order to protect the

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of the from the wildneress of the state a nice short introduction to the fascinating founder of rhode island it seems to have been written for a younger reader though maybe high school or freshmen in college he explains simple concepts like a dowry or what a tract of land is rather strange but a nice intro to the man nonetheless i m going to seek out a substantial biography now Even though it is listed as uvenile literature I thought that this was a great book There were definitions of some difficult words which I did not need and there were uite a few pictures which only enhanced the well written prose but the life and work of Williams is by no means dumbed down Roger Williams has long been one of my heroes and after reading this book I am even appreciative of his beliefs about religious freedom and his efforts to insure religious freedom in Rhode IslandI hope a lot of uveniles read this book But even I hope a lot of conservative Christians especially conservative Baptists as well as many people who have a negative view of Christianity because of the Religious Right will read this book Having been referred to me this book became a priority to begin After beginning it the priority became completing it as uickly as possible Edwin Gaustad writes compellingly concerning Williams even without a plethora of biographical data More to the point the author relates Williams understanding of the liberty of conscience in a readily accessible way I was intrigued to find that my Baptist roots follow a course through Rhode Island so than Massachusetts I have always been interested in the Roger Williams who is the founding father of the state in which I live Rhode Island He is one of those interesting figures of history that left a legacy while also having major points of their lives such as birth and death lost to time This was a short but interesting work by a professor emeritus of the University of California at Riverside Williams was an Englishman who went to Oxford to become a minister before making his way to the Massachusetts Bay Colony He was not there for too long before he had started to get in trouble He ran afoul of the civilian an religious leaders for three reasons his thoughts on the idea of religious freedoms the separation of church and state and the rights and property ownership of the land by the Native Americans After a trial he was basically evicted from the Massachusetts Bay Colony after moving back and forth between Boston Salem and Plymouth Upon leaving made his way south and west and settled at the northern point. The founder of Rhode Island and of the first Baptist Church in America an original and passionate advocate for religious freedom a rare New England colonist who befriended Native Americans and took seriously their culture and their legal rights Roger Williams is the forgotten giant among the first English colonists Now Edwin S Gaustad a leading expert on the life of Roger Williams offers a vividly written and authoritative biography of the most far seeing of the early settlers the first such biography written for a general audien.

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Roger Williams Lives and LegaciesT remember Roger Williams being talked about much in my public school American History classes Their are no known pictures of Williams and much of his letters and writings has been lost He traveled to Massachusetts Colony aboard ship from England with his wife Mary Barnard in 1630 Gaustad provides a concise and articulate history of not only Williams but also the historical times in Colonial America and England which provides important context The legacy of Roger Williams lies in three areas1 his belief that the land belonged to the natives living in the New world and it Was Wrong To Claim wrong to claim in the name of King Charles without ustly compensating the Indians who had lived upon them for hundreds of years After befriending the natives learning their language and using his skills in matters of trade diplomacy anthropology and most importantly cultural awareness he began to see the whole colonization enterprise from the Indians point of view In 1643 Williams penned his first book A Key into the Language of America it is an early and valuable example of cultural anthology in Roger Williams own words with brief Observation of the Customs Manners and Worships in Peace and War in Life and Death including Spiritual Observations General and Practical by the author 2 his understanding that the guide for governments of Christian communities nations should be found in the New Testament rather than the Old Testament model of the nation of Israel Williams could find in the New Testament no ambiguity whatsoever namely the total absence of anything resembling a national church 3 his passionate articulation about Religious Freedom a God given right that no bishop or king or state or colony could rightfully deny Some people might indeed believe in religious liberty because for them religion matters so little Roger Williams on the other hand believed in religious liberty because religion mattered so much The 1663 royal charter of Rhode Islandhad spoken of Rhode Islanders having it much on their hearts to hold forth a lively experiment That experiment was designed to test the proposition that a civil society could actually flourish even with because of a full liberty in religious concernments Thus began the cavalcade of imitation and enactment of the Rhode Island charter religious liberty verbiage into the charters of other colonies one year later New Jersey followed by North and South Carolina and then Pennsylvania eventually culminating in Being Codified By The Framers codified by the framers the US Constitution into the First AmendmentI wonder what role Rhode Island s small stage had in allowing for this dramatic experiment to play out and by extension I wonder if in the present day social and environmental stewardship experiments can be achieved on small stages and them replicated to neighboring communities. Issenters of all stripes The book discusses Williams' ourney back to London where he sought legal recognition of his colony spread his enlightened views on Native Americans and alongside John Milton fought passionately for religious freedom Gaustad also describes how the royal charter of Rhode Island obtained by Williams in 1663 would become the blueprint of religious freedom for many other colonies and a foundation stone for the First Amendment Here then is a vibrant portrait of a great American who is truly worthy of remembran. Of the future Narragansett Bay creating the town of Providence Other rebels would oin him in the future capital city as well as settling Portsmouth and newport on auidnick also called rhode island Newport on Auidnick also called Rhode Island the time and Warwick Williams would return twice to England to obtain and protect a charter for the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations that guaranteed religious freedomsNot surprising considering the fact that the author is a historian and a specialist in religious studies much of the book focuses on Williams views on religion I found it particularly interesting that Williams often pointed to the fact that New Englanders often left England due to religious persecution only to settle and Set Up Theocratic Leadership That up theocratic leadership that to do Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F): Canadian Art: Volume I (A-F) jut the same to others Williams not only supported freedoms for the various sects of Christianity but also for Jews Muslims and non believers people of all religious perspectivesThis was a pretty interesting presentation of Williams life I must admit that I am not sure it would have broad appeal simply because it is a really specialized work focusing on a person of local import With that said his views likely played a big role in America s future views on the concepts of religious freedom It is definitely worth a read Unfortunately only Rhode Islanders and early Colonial history buffs are likely to read this book It s a good portrayal though of the founder of the Providence colony and how the principles that Willaims and his followers lived by affected later American Revolutionary thinking especially where the freedom of religion was concerned Roger Williams was pretty much America s original lefty loony fringe Biographers don t know many facts about his life but a good bit of his published work and correspondence have survived and that s what this slender biography builds on The main This is a wonderful first read on the life of Roger Williams It is well researched without being overly academic Great book Interesting short read on Roger Williams Williams was the father at least in America of the concept of religious freedom He started the city of Providence got the charter for Rhode Island and founded the first Baptist church in America He befriended the Indians wrote about them and actually purchased land from them for Providence He believed in the liberty of conscience for all men no matter of what religion or even lack of religion He also was a staunch advocate of the complete separation of church and state He was a fiercely religious man who was a college educated minister and who studied his Bible consistently Oh and this was all in the early 1600s before John Locke Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine Roger Williams Lives and Legacies by Edwin SGaustadI read this book to find out about my 8th GGF great grand fatherI don. Ce Readers follow Roger and Mary Williams on their 1631ourney to Boston where he soon became embroiled in many controversies most notably his claim that the colonists had unjustly taken Native American lands and his argument that civil authorities could not enforce religious duties Soon banished for these troubling if farsighted views Williams wandered for fourteen weeks in bitter snow until he bought land from the Narragansett Indians and founded Providence which soon became a sanctuary for religious freedom and a refuge for