The Pox and the Covenant
For our first ever Fabric of History interview, Mary brings fellow BRI staff member Tony Williams on to discuss his book The Pox and the Covenant, a fascinating look at Boston’s 1721 smallpox epidemic and the far-reaching effects it had on colonial society and the relationship between science and religion. How did Puritan minister Cotton Mather and others employ new scientific methods to mitigate the epidemic? And what unlikely role did a young Benjamin Franklin have in response to them?
Additional BRI Resources
Bill of Rights For Real Life: Religion
This unit explores both the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause, including in-depth studies of the Founders’ understanding of both. The unit explores the Lemon and endorsement tests as well as the relationship between the government and religious institutions. In addition, the unit investigates instances in which “free exercise” and “establishment” might conflict.