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By Mark A. Noll

From the vigorous severities of the 17th-century Pilgrims and Puritans to the ebullience of the televanglism age, the Christian adventure in North the USA is wealthy and sundry. Noll covers all of it during this very good 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 procedure is huge and complete. Many biographical profiles upload a private size to the narrative.

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Under the new monarch, Queen Elizabeth I, they joined the many who had remained in England to push for a further, more systematic reform of England's religion. That drive for greater purity in the Church of England led to the rise of Puritanism in England. It also provided a major impetus for the settlement of English colonists in North America. Puritanism in England The Puritans thus arose as the "advanced" or "precise" party among English Protestants. Defined negatively, the Puritans wanted to wipe out the vestiges of Roman Catholic worship and doctrine that survived within the Church of England as governed by Queen Elizabeth I ( 1 55 8 - 1 60 3 ) , James I ( 1 60 3 1 62 5 ) , and their clerical advisors.

When King Henry IV promulgated the Edict of Nantes in 1598, French Huguenots gained a measure of liberty for which they had been struggling since the early days of the Reformation. These Huguenots were Reformed or Calvin­ istic Protestants who largely came from the rising class of traders and mer­ chants. One of the Huguenots, P ierre du Gua de Monts, helped finance early voyages of exploration to New France and early attempts at permanent settlement. Other Huguenots invested in these ventures, which involved colonies in what would later be called Quebec as well as in Acadia ( the :Vlaritimes) .

When Protestants fled England during the reign of Mary, however, they were not able to go to Lutheran lands. Defeats in warfare and intramural disputes in the wake of Luther's death ( 1 546) made it difficult for Lutheran regions in Germany and Scandinavia to accept the English refugees. The situation was much different in Reformed and Calvinist regions. Calvin had secured a thoroughly Protestant settlement in Geneva early in the 1 5 50s, and he welcomed the English refugees eagerly. Similar hospitality was ex­ tended by Reformed leaders in other Swiss cities and in southwestern Ger­ many.

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