The Lineage of Separatist Suffering

Adrian Chastain Weimer

in Martyrs' Mirror

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199743117
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918744 | DOI:
The Lineage of Separatist Suffering

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Chapter 2 focuses on the intensely martyr-based identity of the Separatist communities in England, the Netherlands, and Plymouth Colony. It addresses how these radical Protestants dealt with the problematic heritage of the Marian bishop-martyrs, striving to hold on to the Foxeian heritage in spite of its celebration of bishops, whom separatists considered Antichristian. Plymouth colonists also had to deal with attacks on the character of their own Separatist martyrs such as Henry Barrow, and these attacks were linked to the identity crises of the second generation. This chapter also explores the debates between John Cotton and Roger Williams over the legitimacy of Congregationalism and Separatism, based on their lineages of suffering.

Keywords: Separatists; Plymouth; bishop-martyrs; Antichrist; Henry Barrow; John Cotton; Roger Williams; suffering; second generation; legitimacy; Congregationalist

Chapter.  8627 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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