The Rise and Development of the Congregational Polity and Spirit in New England

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circa 1905-1906


Lecture Two looks back prior to the Scrooby Church at earlier dissenters from religious conformity, and in favor of free inquiry. He begins in 1165 with 30 weavers in the diocese of Worcester who made light of "priestly power." They were branded heretics and banished. From there he discusses the early Separatists and important figures in the Congregational Church's founding. These include Robert Browne, John Robinson, John Greenwood, Henry Barrowe, and Francis Johnson.

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Earl Clement Davis, sermons, minister, Unitarianism, religion, history, Separatists

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Lecture Two: Earliest Traces of Congregational Polity and Spirit



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