Roger Williams Beliefs

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As we read in class, Roger Williams wanted to build a wall of separation between the church and state. He was very vocal on his thoughts about the separation from the church and state as well as his disapproval of confiscating land from the Native Americans, and the Massachusetts governor and his assistants didn’t want him putting those thoughts into peoples heads and so they decided to banish him, but not before he could disappear from Massachusetts. Winthrop and Williams shared a friendship, Winthrop welcomed him as “a godly minister” (Bremer), so when Winthrop got word of the banishment coming for Williams he warned him of it. Williams hurriedly got everything he needed and left Massachusetts. After he left Massachusetts he founded Rhode …show more content…
He even edited the first dictionary of Native American languages. Williams was very open about his feelings of the church and state saying that they needed to be separate, as well as saying that people needed to be allowed to worship how they wanted. In keeping true to his beliefs many different denominations settled in Providence. As Williams studied the Indians and the different views of Jews and Quakers he soon began to realize that we are all believing in the same God, we just call him a different name. He was determined to have people see that they were all preaching to the same God under a different name. He began helping the Indians learn English ways. In his writings From The Bloody Tenet of Persecution, for Cause of Conscience, in a Conference between Truth and Peace he expresses his anger at the people because they are fighting for their own religion which has the same God as everyone else. Some things not mentioned in our Norton Anthology book about Roger Williams is that he had a wife, Mary Barnard, and 6 children, Mary, Freeborn, Providence, Mercy, Daniel, and Joseph. He wanted to see a pure church built with no ties to the Church of England. He wanted a church with no corruption, compromise, or oppression. Another thing not mentioned in our Norton Anthology was that Williams had formed the first Baptist church in America in

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