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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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“Already in Heaven”?

“Already in Heaven”?

Church and Community in Cambridge, Massachusetts

(p.159) Chapter Five “Already in Heaven”?
A Reforming People

David D. Hall

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter informs about how a number of church ministers made efforts during the seventeenth century to reestablish the dominance of the church in colonized provinces, including Newtown. Thomas Shepard was one of the ministers who tried to involve the church in carrying out welfare activities for the people of the colonies through the establishment of congregations and other practices. The chapter reveals that congregations gained popularity and played a key role in reestablishing the dominant role of the church in society. It also finds that the growing significance of the congregations and the activities of the church ministers encouraged many eminent citizens and personalities to make donations in cash and kind to help the church in carrying out welfare-directed activities and thus establish a heavenly society.

Keywords:   Thomas Shepard, Newtown, congregation, welfare, colonized provinces, church ministers

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