The Tolerance of Roger Williams

Roger Williams, an English theologian and the founder of Rhode Island, originally intended to work among the Native Americans and convert them to Christianity.  In order to best facilitate this purpose, he learned their culture and their language, writing the first English-Native American language dictionary in the process.  However, by the time he had completed this task, his conscience no longer permitted him to proselytize.  He had discovered that they had their own culture, their own religion, their own forms of worship, and he had no desire to tear them away from their ancestral forms.

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