Churches Quarrel Espoused

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John Wise (1652—1725)


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Controversial work by John Wise, was published in 1710 as an answer to the Questions and Proposals (1705) propounded by Increase and Cotton Mather in their project to substitute a central association of clergy for the system of lay-controlled independent churches. With earnest logic and annihilating invective, Wise shows the danger or folly of each proposal, which he opposes with the theory of democracy. Because its democratic theme transcends the specific issues, the book was republished (1772) and widely read prior to the Revolution and again before the Civil War.

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