A Perfect Babel of Confusion: Dutch Religion and English by Randall Balmer

By Randall Balmer

Studying the interplay of the Dutch and the English in colonial big apple and New Jersey, this examine charts the decline of eu tradition in North the United States. Balmer argues that the combo of political intrigue, English cultural imperialism, and inner socio-economic tensions finally drove the Dutch clear of their hereditary customs, language, and tradition. He indicates how this technique, which performed itself out so much visibly and poignantly within the Dutch Reformed Church among 1664 and the yankee Revolution, illustrates the trouble of preserving non-English cultures and associations in an more and more English global. an ideal Babel of bewilderment redresses a number of the historiographical overlook of the center Colonies and, within the procedure, sheds new mild on Dutch colonial tradition.

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90 The dominies complied, found Tesschenmaeker well qualified, and ordained him on October 9, 1679. 91 Dominie Tesschenmaeker's character and qualifications were beyond reproach. He held a divinity degree, had passed a preparatory examination back in Utrecht, had preached at the Hague, and had served ably as interim minister for the churches in the Esopus (Kingston). Plainly what gave the colonial clergy pause was not Tesschenmaeker but the arrogation to themselves of ecclesiastical authority which traditionally had rested in the Netherlands.

61 Religion and politics became so intertwined that when Leisler finally surrendered to Henry Sloughter, the new governor, in 1691, consistory members of the New York Dutch church, armed with muskets, joined the procession retaking the fort. "62 When the anti-Leislerians regained the reins of government under Sloughter, they wasted little time consolidating their power and punishing their foes. " Leaders of the rebellion were imprisoned and haled into the court of oyer and terminer, where they faced their erstwhile opponents during the rebellion.

Returning now to New Castle, he sought his former position and asked the other dominies to intercede on his behalf. Selyns and his colleagues resolved that Tesschenmaeker should submit a formal apology to New Castle, with a view toward his reinstatement. 102 But the entire episode, nevertheless, demonstrated again the precariousness of the colonial church under English rule, its vulnerability to forces beyond its control. Selyns and the other dominies lacked the civil authority to prevent a schismatic preacher from entering the colony and lodging himself in one of their pulpits.

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