A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada by Mark A. Noll

By Mark A. Noll

From the energetic severities of the 17th-century Pilgrims and Puritans to the ebullience of the televanglism age, the Christian adventure in North the United States is wealthy and sundry. Noll covers all of it during this fabulous narrative survey. Tracing the expansion of Christian trust and associations and their interactions with tradition within the U.S. and Canada from the colonial interval to the current, his process is large and finished. Many biographical profiles upload a private measurement to the narrative.

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In the New World, White preached energetically to the European colonists. For these efforts, ironically, he was reprimanded by the Calverts for en­ dangering their colony (by stirring up the Protestants) . But White's most important work was among the Piscataway Indians. Through very difficult conditions, which led to the death of several coworkers, White persisted in his efforts to record Piscataway in a grammar and dictionary and to prepare Christian literature in that language. He also witnessed what seemed to him 27 BEGINNINGS miraculous signs in his work among the Native Americans.

Despite the Catholicism of the Calverts, the number of Protestants among the original settlers in their colony was high. English Catholics were reluctant to leave England at a time when Charles I was looking more favorably on their religion. And Cecil Calvert felt it necessary to reassure Protestants in England that Mary­ land would not become a hostile Catholic enclave, so he gave strict instruc26 European Expansion and Catholic Settlement Many Europeans talked about communicating the Christian faith to Native Americans; the Jesuit Fr.

Capi­ tol. But the corridors of power he cared about most were heavenly rather than earthly. Library of Congress baptized Indians who attempted to leave the n1issions should be forcibly returned, and he believed that corporal punishment -including the whip and the stocks - also had a place. In a reversal of ordinary roles, a California governor once complained that this time the friars were punishing the natives too severely. VVhen in the twentieth century the Roman Catholic Church began to investigate Serra as a candidate for sainthood, it was faced with a dilemma.

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