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Chapter 16: The Pilgrim Fathers


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1. How did the issue over the wisdom of “compromise” divide the English Reformers? What were the arguments for and against? How did the church in power attempt to settle the controversy, and with what result to the minority? 289:1-290:2 [331:1-332:2]

2. In what spirit did the Pilgrims accept the hardships of exile, and how did “persecution and exile” open the “way to freedom”? 290:3-291:2 [333:1-3]

3. What vital principle of Protestantism, embodied in the Puri- tan covenant, was stressed by Pastor John Robinson? How may a failure to recognize this principle be shown to be a cause for many denominations today? 291;3-292:2 [333:4-334:3]

4. What principles of religious liberty were for a time violated by the Pilgrim fathers? Who was the first to urge absolute liberty of the individual conscience? How did he define the duties of the mag- istrate? In what words did he protest against compulsory attendance at church? 292:3-294:2 [335:1-336:2]

5. Was the cause of religious liberty helped or hindered by the banishment of Roger Williams? 294:2-295:1 [337:1-3]

6. What principle of the Constitution of the United States is inherent in man, and therefore above human reason? 295:3 [338:2]

7. How remarkably were the settlement and the conditions of the New World affected by the offer of asylum to oppressed Christians of all lands? 296:1-4 [338:3-339:3]

8. What is the effect upon the church when she succeeds in obtaining special privileges in the State? 297:1 [341:1]

9. In what ways has Protestantism repeated the history of the church during the first centuries? Having again failed to crush out the truth through persecution, how has Satan worked to corrupt the churches established by the Reformers? 297:3-298:2 [340:2-341:2] Cf. 42:2,3 [46:3-47:1]