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Tuesday, August 17, 2004
3 Influential Colonial Clergymen
Increase Mather was the father of Cotton Mather, and both are best known today, regrettably, for their associations with the Salem Witch Trials. However, he had a wide ranging and influential ministry among the Massachusetts Puritans for many years, and was an accomplished writer as well. 'Remarkable Providences' defends the reality of supernatural and malevolent phenomena.
A figure much more sympathetic to modern sensibilities is Roger Williams, the founder of my native state. Read here his famous 'Plea for Religious Liberty'. And here is an overview of his contribution..
David Brainerd, an early missionary to the American Indians, was a deeply driven and self sacrifing man; his story has inspired millions. A well written and reflective meditation on his life and achievements here by John Piper, one of the outstanding contemporary Calvinists.
Oh how precious is time, and how it pains me to see it slip away, while I do so little to any good purpose.