Covenant Liberty in Puritan New England
John Witte Jr.
Emory University School of Law
JURISPRUDENCE, POLITICAL THEORY AND POLITICAL THEOLOGY, Frederick S. Carney, Heinz Schilling and Dieter Wyduckel, Eds., Duncker & Humblot, 2004
This Article argues that New England Puritan covenant theology was a fertile seedbed for a number of American constitutional ideas of ordered liberty and orderly pluralism. Puritan constructions of the "liberty of covenant" inspired later theories of liberty of conscience and free exercise of religion. Puritan constructions of social, political, and ecclesiastical "covenants of liberty" provided a foundation for later understanding of republican nationalism, separation and cooperation of church and state, and sundry checks and balances on authorities within both church and state.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 4, 2004
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