Kopley, in contrast, discusses his use in the classroom of The Salem Belle as an intertextual means of explaining the role of the Antinomian Controversy
in The Scarlet Letter.
At the heart of this book, then, the reader finds one prominent text after another illumined through the lens of "sympathy." Abram Van Engen moves through, most notably, John Winthrop's Model of Christian Charity, the material collected by David Hall in The Antinomian Controversy
1636-1638: A Documentary History, Anne Bradstreet's "Dialogue between Old England and New," William Hooke's New Englands Teares for Old England's Feares, the "Eliot Tracts" produced to support Native American missions, Mary Rowlandson's captivity narrative, and the records of the Salem witch trials.
of the South) summarize and analyze 18 key religious sermons that they argue have helped shape American history, from John Winthrop's "A Modell of Christian Charity," responding to the Puritan's Antinomian Controversy
, to the words of Jeremiah Wright, deployed as a political cudgel against Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.
He famously got into a tussle with John Winthrop over their interpretation of the Bible, the religious crisis known as the Antinomian Controversy
. He was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony and ended up in the Province of Maine.
Balancing these two ideas was hardly simple, and sometimes the balance was easily lost, such as during the Antinomian controversy
. During this crisis, for instance, church and government authority figures were quick to discredit ecclesiastical populism as too prone to heresy.
49-50, 225-240; for the Newtown synod, see error numbered 36 in Hall, Antinomian Controversy
So we are right back to the antinomian controversy
. "All you need is love," Martin seems to be saying; and without any clear point of reference for what love is, we can write any definition we want and advocate almost any behavior we want.
It has an obvious "Atlantic" dimension, in that the reconstruction of an English "Antinomian Controversy
" helps explain its more famous successor in Massachusetts.
The best chapters to explore this are those on Roger Williams and on the Antinomian controversy
. The paradox of Williams is that he was, on the one hand, an advocate of religious toleration, but was a divisive and disruptive figure in the New England community.
In discussing the antinomian controversy
in Massachusetts, for example, he suggests that the exhausting labors of colonization might have sapped peoples' energies and made them weary of the full round of religious activities mandated by precisianists.
Returned to Wittenberg to teach theology 1537-40, but he differed with Luther in the first antinomian controversy
. Left for Berlin in 1540.