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Jump Back in Time 殖民时期的美国  (1492-1763)
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威廉斯凭着宗教宽容、脱离教会的状态,以及民主 (注意美国是其后才创建的) 的信条,创建罗德岛州。这里成为人们躲避宗教迫害、实践宗教信仰的避难所。浸礼教会、贵格教派、犹太教等,都移民来这里。在美洲第一所浸礼会教堂成立后,威廉斯开始寻求不同方式的神职工作。他开始向周围的朋友、印第安人传道,直到他确定这些人是在他主张的信念,在宗教自由的意识下祈祷为止。他宣称:「强迫的礼拜只会让上帝闻到恶臭。」威廉斯的观点在当时显的很激进,但你能想像现在身处在一个没有宗教自由的环境吗?

Williams founded the colony of Rhode Island based upon principles of complete religious toleration, separation of church and state, and political democracy (values that the U.S. would later be founded upon). It became a refuge for people persecuted for their religious beliefs. Anabaptists, Quakers, and Jews settled in Rhode Island. After forming the first Baptist church in America, Williams left it to seek spirituality in different ways. He stopped preaching to his friends, the Indians, when he realized that their form of worship also fell under his principle of religious freedom. He declared, "forced worship stinks in God's nostrils." Williams's ideas were radical at the time, but can you imagine living in a place without religious freedom now?
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