Halfway covenant

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a practice among the Congregational churches of New England, between 1657 and 1662, of permitting baptized persons of moral life and orthodox faith to enjoy all the privileges of church membership, save the partaking of the Lord's Supper. They were also allowed to present their children for baptism.

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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.