Roger Williams – open to native culture He is the one “uniquely qualified” to go on this missionTrying to make more territoryWilliams – cultural go between Remain open to possibilities Williams casting himself as a “St. Paul” – the great evangelical P 196 – refers to Naragansets as “lost”P 197 – “Amongst other discourse…meeting.”Already hinting that people he is encountering are already functioning within frame of basic biblical traditionIndians are gentiles of America Through broken English...possibility of conversion 198 – “The courteous pagan…”Massive rhetorical leveling between Englishmen and Indians For Williams…European are superior, only because he has faithAnd when he does not have faith, the Indian man will be higher Williams implies the fall in the new world (from God’s new graces) took place with arrival of European’s….contamination that European civilization comes with itAmerica garden becomes wilderness once European civilization comes 203 – Poem – outrageous accusation pointing back at EnglishNaked as opposed to civilized If the Indians are lost…Mercy Samuel Sewall The Selling of Joseph:All people have an innate claim for freedom, as opposed to slavery 323 – Remarkable text…very few written by puritans
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