“The eyes of all people are upon us.”
Their creed was Calvinism, then in its third generation of dominion and a European doctrine which was not merely theological but social and political.
The emigrant Englishmen
were soon to discover that it contained a doctrine of human rights based upon human needs.
At the beginning of their novel experience they were doubtless unaware of any alteration in their theories.
But they were facing a new situation, and that new situation became an immense factor in their unconscious growth.
Their intellectual and moral problems shifted, as a boat shifts her ballast when the wind blows' from a new quarter.
The John Cotton preaching in a shed in the new Boston
had come to “suffer a sea-change” from the John Cotton
who had been rector of St. Botolph's splendid church in Lincolnshire
The “church without a bishop” and the “state without a king” became a different church and state from the old, however loyally the ancient forms and phrases were retained.
If the political problems of equality which were latent in Calvinism now began to take on a different meaning under the democratic conditions of pioneer life, the inner, spiritual problems of that amazing creed were intensified.