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

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circa 1905-1906


Davis cites two sources for the English Reformation:a growth of popular feeling against the Catholic Church, and the personal and political troubles of Henry VIII. Henry VIII moved ultimate authority from Rome to the English monarch. But the popular movement for free inquiry and universal priesthood continued to press further change. Definitions clarified as they pertain to this historical context are: dissenters, non-conformists, independents, and "the New England way".

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

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Lecture Three: Brief Definition of Certain Terms Used in the History of Free Churches



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