Chapter

Praying With the Enemy

Louise A. Breen

in Transgressing the Bounds

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138009
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834006 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195138007.003.0005

Series: Religion in America

Praying With the Enemy

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Explores how King Philip's War and debates over the halfway covenant contributed to the emergence of a racialized “tribalism” during the 1670s. This was a time when ordinary colonists manifested fear not only of enemy Indians but also of Christian Indian allies and military leaders. These leaders’ vested interest in frontier exchange was thought to have blinded them to the dangers of Indians, who only pretended to be Christian converts and allies. The chapter pays particular attention to the career of Daniel Gookin, who aided the efforts of the missionary, John Eliot. Additionally, Gookin's commitment to the integration of Indian peoples into colonial life was shaped by his family's experiences as colonizers of Ireland with ties to the family of Robert Boyle, president of the Company for the Propagation of the Gospel in New England.

Keywords: Boyle; Christian Indian; Eliot; Gookin; halfway covenant; King Philip's War; tribalism

Chapter.  25362 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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