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The New England Mind: From Colony to Province Paperback – May 15, 1983
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Miller also described a terrifying "declension" experienced by the Puritans which, he asserted, resulted from the "apostasy, ingratitude, and corruption" of their too well off children who did not understand the struggles of their forefathers and did not appreciate their sacrifices in bringing them to a new land of plenty where they might live their lives in the spirit of a covenant with God (p. 482). The demise of the intellectual position of the early Puritans disturbed Miller, who searched for order among the thought of its best minds. Instead, he found a terrifying dissension that rejected that earlier consensus.Read more ›
The erosion of the New England Way was driven by multiple forces. Conceived as a somewhat utopian experiment that would kindle a further reformation in Europe, Puritan theology prepared the ministerial elite poorly to deal with the reality of an increasingly prosperous and permanent society. A society of the elect faced both major theoretical and practical problems of bringing the children of the elect into the covenant, leading to the famous Half-Way Covenant, a compromise that ultimately satisfied no one and contributed significantly to ministerial conflict and the decay of Covenant theology.Read more ›