God, War, and Providence
By James A. Warren
- Release Date: 2018-06-12
- Genre: United States
God, War, and Providence James A. Warren Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
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“A charge to keep I have....
“Williams saw more clearly than any other first-generation English settler the dire implications for the Indians of the Puritans’ inclination to mistake their own vision of truth and the good society for God’s. For fifty years, he struggled to bring to light the yawning gap between Christ’s teachings as he understood them, and the Gospel of the New England Way.”
Roger Williams loomed large in my history as the founder of my home state, Rhode Island, which is why I requested this early copy. The book goes into great detail about his life- personal and professional, and how his “calling” of confrontation changed how people related in the “new world”. Long distance political intrigue was thwarted by one man who took the time to be present with and within the “problems” and then deal with “them”.
James Warren has written an extremely “user friendly” resource for anyone interested in how America was shaped by all those involved. Roger Williams’ understanding, intelligence and openness to all people made him a mediator between the indigenous people, the settlers, and the British politicians who believed they could reap rewards long distance. At best, Williams made people (un)comfortable by acceptance of almost anyone despite what others thought or did. It gave him a long career as an advocate and mediator alomost until his death.
From politics to religion, to ignorance, corruption and greed, this highly recommended book will go into my personal library and suggested for anyone interested in early US history. 5/5