George Weekes: Rogue Missionary to New England Indians, 1731-1755

During the mid-1700s, an uneducated layman named George Weekes began preaching to Native Americans in the town of Harwich, Massachusetts. Weekes' missionary activity triggered a passionate response from Nathaniel Stone, the local minister, and inaugurated a debate regarding ministerial qualific...

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Published in:Journal of religious history
Main Author: Eden, Jason
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Wiley-Blackwell [2016]
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In: Journal of religious history
Year: 2016, Volume: 40, Issue: 3, Pages: 347-367
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Weekes, George 1689-1772 / New England / Indians / Mission / Missionary / Theologian / Ausbildung
Further subjects:B Puritan
B Missionary
B New England
B Native American
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:During the mid-1700s, an uneducated layman named George Weekes began preaching to Native Americans in the town of Harwich, Massachusetts. Weekes' missionary activity triggered a passionate response from Nathaniel Stone, the local minister, and inaugurated a debate regarding ministerial qualifications within the community. Scholars who study English missionary activity in colonial New England tend to focus upon the careers of trained clergy, such as John Eliot or Josiah Cotton. Other individuals, who possessed questionable moral character and little education, also preached to New England Indians, however. In this instance, the career of George Weekes, a rogue missionary, reveals that contact with Native Americans could shape ecclesiastical life in colonial Massachusetts. It also suggests that Native Americans encountered popular, as well as elite, English religious culture when they interacted with English missionaries in early New England.
ISSN:1467-9809
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of religious history
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1111/1467-9809.12304