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A Reforming PeoplePuritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in New England$
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David D. Hall

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807873113

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837115_hall

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Godly Rule

Godly Rule

Empowering the Saints

(p.96) Chapter Three Godly Rule
A Reforming People

David D. Hall

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the theory of Godly Rule, which was practiced by some preachers in many colonies, including in New England. Godly Rule involved practicing Christianity in its purest, original form without any fear, restrictions, or limitations. It emphasized unrestricted freedom of speech and religious practices. The theory also required the followers of Christianity to fulfill their responsibilities and obey the true meaning of freedom and submission to the will of the Almighty. The chapter finds that this theory was put forth by the preachers in the colonies on the grounds that such religious practices would help officials to initiate better direction and governance without facing any opposition from the colonized provinces. The preachers also realized that practicing Christianity in its purest form would lead to peaceful coexistence of the people and the colonists, minimizing conflicts.

Keywords:   Godly Rule, New England, Christianity, preachers, governance

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