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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

New England Puritan Rhetoric Before and After King Philip’s War; 1620 to 1700

This research examines the Puritan rhetoric and Christian conversion methods in Colonial New England prior to King Philip’s War and compares them to the rhetoric and conversion methods which appear during and after the outbreak of war. The presentation will use this information to convey the message that colonial ministers called for war as a means of strengthening the religion of colonists in New England. Puritan rhetoric described King Philip’s War and subsequent pain and bloodshed as a metaphysical battle between God and Satan which was nothing more than punishment for the lack of religious piety amongst Puritan colonists. Ministers capitalized on these ideas and used fear to bring colonists back to the Puritan religion.

Presenter: Matthew Ballard (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 127 Hartwell
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)