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Cotton, John
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(Dec 4, 1584, Derby, England – Dec 23, 1652, Boston, MA), foremost preacher in the first generation of preachers in Massachusetts Bay Colony. Educated at Cambridge, Cotton won renown for his twenty years of powerful preaching in Boston, Lincolnshire, before he emigrated in 1630. He helped inspire the Great (Puritan) Migration to the New World by preaching that God was leading his flock to a place where they could practice freely “his holy Ordinances.” Cotton laid emphasis on grace and millenarianism. His disciple A. Hutchinson was banished after Cotton dissociat…

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McDermott, Gerald R., “Cotton, John”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_03253>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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