Conflict and Diversity in Colonial Christianity (1650–1720)

Robert T. Handy

in A History of the Churches in the United States and Canada

Published in print January 1976 | ISBN: 9780198269106
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683572 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

Conflict and Diversity in Colonial Christianity (1650–1720)

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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

Chapter.  16874 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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