ROGER WILLIAMS by William Jay Jacobs

ROGER WILLIAMS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This short but dignified and sober essay places the famous dissenter Roger Williams in his proper historical context. Williams was not only a follower of the English Separatists, but a secretary and protege of liberal jurist Sir Edward Coke. As a preacher in Massachusetts, he was condemned for his ""divers opinions"" -- which included advocacy of the rights of Indians and a refusal to swear oaths as well as a belief in strict separation of church and state. This focus on Williams the scholar and theologian adds depth to a figure usually treated one-dimensionally and the illustrated format makes the whole quite unforbidding.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1975
Page count: 56pp
Publisher: Franklin Watts