Martha Nussbaum on Roger Williams
Over at The New Republic, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor Martha Nussbaum has a review of a new book edited by James Calvin Davis entitled On Religious Liberty: Selections From the Works of Roger Williams. A short excerpt is reproduced below, and you can read the full review here.
Williams's writings have long been virtually unavailable to the general public. Now Harvard University Press has published On Religious Liberty: Selections From the Works of Roger Williams, edited by scholar James Calvin Davis. Davis provides around three hundred pages of Williams's writings, including all-too-brief extracts from the two great works on persecution. He has decided to omit Williams's correspondence--an unfortunate decision, since the letters, though well edited, are as hard for the general reader to obtain as the treatises. Still, Davis has a keen eye for the telling passage, and he arranges the extracts helpfully, adding a lucid introduction. His fine volume will be especially useful for purposes of teaching, and it will sustain us while we await a more complete re-issue of the major works and letters.