Benes weighs in on several transformations, questions, and disputes that haunt historians, from identifying the origins of the meetinghouse type, to tracing the spatial ramifications of ecclesiastical changes such as the adoption of the Halfway Covenant
, to discerning the political roles buildings play.
But New England Puritanism was dead after three generations, and each of the three generations fought bitterly with their children to stay within the bounds of the covenant, or "halfway covenant
." Yet it doesn't matter that most modern conservatives don't explicitly espouse postmillennialism.
In Boston and New Haven, he faced the challenge of the halfway covenant
, which threatened his ideas of baptism and church membership.
Hypocrisy was also on the minds The "Halfway of the clergymen who created the "Halfway Covenant
" beginning Covenant." in the 1660s.