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A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada by Mark A. Noll

By Mark A. Noll

From the vigorous severities of the 17th-century Pilgrims and Puritans to the ebullience of the televanglism age, the Christian adventure in North the USA is wealthy and sundry. Noll covers all of it during this very good narrative survey. Tracing the expansion of Christian trust and associations and their interactions with tradition within the U.S. and Canada from the colonial interval to the current, his procedure is extensive and entire. Many biographical profiles upload a private measurement to the narrative.

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You should try to eat their sagamite or salmagundi in the way they prepare it, although it may be dirty, half-cooked, and very tasteless. " Jesuit success among the Hurons owed something to the fact that Brebeuf and his colleagues arrived at a time of increasing pressure on the Hurons from neighboring Iroquoian Indians. Expanding Native American societies were harder to evangelize than those, like the Hurons, that had become increasingly dependent on the French and who, as a result, were suffering from acute self-doubt brought on by the ravages of contagious disease that swept through their people.

Some of the missionaries' most notable converts were also women. Catherine Tegahkouita from upper New York was converted in 1676 through the work of the Jesuit Jacques de Lamberville. Despite opposition from her family, Catherine became an example of piety before her early death in 1680. Thereafter her tomb was the object of pilgrimages, and m iracles were said to occur there. Such notable conversions remained rare, however. In New France, as historian Jay Dolan has written, "the exploits of the missionaries, not the conversion of the Indians, was the real success story.

Puritanism in England The Puritans thus arose as the "advanced" or "precise" party among English Protestants. Defined negatively, the Puritans wanted to wipe out the vestiges of Roman Catholic worship and doctrine that survived within the Church of England as governed by Queen Elizabeth I ( 1 55 8 - 1 60 3 ) , James I ( 1 60 3 1 62 5 ) , and their clerical advisors. Defined positively, the Puritans wanted to finish the Reformation and finish it now. One of their most extreme repre­ sentatives, the congregationalist Robert Browne, published a stirring tract entitled Refo r m a tion with o u t Tarrying for Any in 1 58 2 .

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