1765 · Hartford
"The first election sermon printed at Hartford" [Trumbull]. Civil rulers "are to be terrors to evil doers, and a praise to them that do well. For this end they are armed with power and authority, and are ministers of God to execute vengeance on them that do evil." Dorr denies a boundary between Church and State: rulers have a duty to "support and maintain religion, and to provide for the publick exercises of it.- Religion can't be supported and maintained in the world, without some expence." Indeed, "the doctrine of religious establishments, however faulted by many, is a doctrine that approves itself to the human mind." Civil rulers should assist in bringing the benefits of Christianity to the heathen.
Evans 9955. Trumbull 610. (Inventory #: 34239)