Christine Leigh Heyrman (Fellow, 1985–86)
October 15, 2015
In 1630 the Puritans brought their dynamic faith to the New World. Within a few years their skill in self-government and their refusal to tolerate dissent created a remarkably unified colony, a “Bible Commonwealth.” What were their religious beliefs? How did they practice them? What appeal did their faith hold for believers, and how did it shape the social, familial, and gender order in seventeenth-century New England?