By Randall Balmer
Studying the interplay of the Dutch and the English in colonial manhattan and New Jersey, this examine charts the decline of ecu tradition in North the United States. Balmer argues that the mix of political intrigue, English cultural imperialism, and inner socio-economic tensions ultimately drove the Dutch clear of their hereditary customs, language, and tradition. He exhibits how this strategy, which performed itself out so much visibly and poignantly within the Dutch Reformed Church among 1664 and the yankee Revolution, illustrates the trouble of keeping non-English cultures and associations in an more and more English global. an ideal Babel of bewilderment redresses many of the historiographical forget of the center Colonies and, within the approach, sheds new mild on Dutch colonial tradition.
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In the years to come, when the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel began its assaults in New York, English governors less friendly toward Dutch Calvinism would suddenly withdraw civil support, thus leaving the Dutch Reformed Church vulnerable to the zealotry of Anglican missionaries. Confusion and Scattering 27 Certainly the lack of clergy looked unsettling, but the latent disaffection between the dominies and their communicants was even more ominous, though perhaps not so visible. 109 The Van Rensselaer affair notwithstanding, salary disputes in the years following the English Conquest allied the Dutch ministers with English magistrates against Dutch communicants.
In September of that year, the Dutch church at New Castle wrote to the Classis of Amsterdam to report that Tesschenmaeker, their minister, had left them "without lawful reason" for a congregation in Bergen (East Jersey). The letter complained about the pernicious influence of 24 A PERFECT BABEL OF CONFUSION Lutherans and Quakers in their midst and earnestly implored the Holland authorities to send them another dominie. The people at New Castle, furthermore, offered their own suggestion. Having learned that Jacobus Koelman, a man of "ripe orthodoxy, knowledge, aptness to teach, and good character," currently held no ministerial post, they urged that the Classis consent to his call.
As to the Church Rules observed in the Fatherland, and subscribed by us when there—they are observed by us in our services and churches here as carefully as possible," the clergy had written to Amsterdam in 1680. " The realities of the colony's political situation demanded caution. "We are in a foreign country, and also governed by the English nation," the dominies noted pointedly. "53 Such a stance also corresponded with the Calvinist notion of submission to temporal authorities. The dominies' strategy of placating the English had paid off through the 1680s.
A Perfect Babel of Confusion: Dutch Religion and English Culture in the Middle Colonies (Religion in America) by Randall Balmer