Contrary to [Nathaniel] Hawthorne’s assertions of self-righteousness, the colonists hungered to recreate the ethics of love and mutual obligation spelled out in the New Testament. Church members pledged to respect the common good and to care for one another. Celebrating the liberty they had gained by coming to the New World, they echoed St. Paul’s assertion that true liberty was inseparable from the obligation to serve others.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The Puritans' "Ethics Of Love"
The Puritans have gotten a bad rap, David D. Hall writes: