Two Christian Commonwealths: William Bradford’s Plymouth and John Winthrop’s Massachusetts


This study examines the English Reformation, its aftermath, and the resultant impact on the founding of Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay. The primary focus is on the efforts of William Bradford and John Winthrop to build a Christian body politic, which would have representative government and individual rights. They tried to establish virtuous societies with freedom, but freedom within the context of Biblical teaching.

Discussions include the background of the English Reformation, the journey to the New World, exploration and the establishment of Plymouth, the beginnings of Massachusetts Bay, the church, government, the economy, education, the New England Federation, William Bradford, John Winthrop, Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, Indians and Indian relations, King Philip’s War, and much more. A bibliography and a full name plus subject index augment the text.

John M. Pafford

2006, 5½x8½, paper, index, 268 pp.

ISBN: 0788442317