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A History of the Churches in the United States and Canada$
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Robert T. Handy

Print publication date: 1976

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269106

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269106.001.0001

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Conflict and Diversity in Colonial Christianity (1650–1720)

Conflict and Diversity in Colonial Christianity (1650–1720)

(p.37) II Conflict and Diversity in Colonial Christianity (1650–1720)
A History of the Churches in the United States and Canada

Robert T. Handy

Oxford University Press

The seven decades from the mid-point of the 17th century to 1720 were marked by the termination of two of the smaller colonial efforts in North America and by the continuation and expansion on a vast scale of the rivalry between two of the other nations for domination of the continent. The Christian churches sought to fulfil their mission within the outlines of the geographical and political realities presented. The expansion of New France, religious diversification in New England, Rhode Island and the middle colonies, and establishment versus dissent in the southern colonies are specifically described. From 1650 to 1720, the Christian churches in North America had increased greatly in number and size, and played significant roles in their cultural settings. In the earlier period of the European settlement of North America, those who initiated Christian life often exhibited a determination to provide fresh models of true Christian commonwealths.

Keywords:   colonial Christianity, religious diversification, conflict, North America, Christian churches, New France, New England, Rhode Island, Christian commonwealths

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