“The Art of Coyning Christians”
Redeeming Self and “Others” in Puritan New England
This chapter analyzes ways that puritan clergy and laity attempted to resolve the uneasiness they felt over their contradictory relationships with New Englanders of color. Many whites again relied on their theological convictions to make religious sense of their social realities. Thus, they turned to the concept of redemption to deliver themselves, their distinctly puritan society (including the institution of race-based slavery), and blacks and Indians from the problems their ordering of colonial New England had created. As they did so, they refashioned places for themselves in the “citty upon a hill,” while offering New Englanders of color religious redemption or spiritual freedom.
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