Bloudy Tenent of Persecution

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Tract by Roger Williams, written primarily as an attack on John Cotton, was published in London (1644). The treatise is in the form of a dialogue between two fugitive angelic characters, Truth and Peace, who, after a long separation, are still unable to find a home in the civilized world and meet in a dark refuge. Their conversation, on intellectual freedom in civil and ecclesiastical governments, is an argument for democratic liberty and tolerance, and attacks persecution for cause of conscience. The “bloudy and slaughterous conclusions” of Cotton and the other persecutors are answered, according to the author, in “spiritually white milk.” Cotton's reply, The Bloudy Tenent Washed and Made White in the Bloud of the Lamb (1647), was answered by another tract on liberty of conscience, The Bloudy Tenent Yet More Bloudy, by Mr. Cotton's Endeavour To Wash It White in the Bloud of the Lamb (1652).

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