ROGER WILLIAMS by William Jay Jacobs


Email this 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