"Roger Williams" was an English Protestant theologian who was an early proponent of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. In 1636, he began the colony of Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations/Providence Plantation, which provided a refuge for religious minorities. Williams started the First Baptist Church in America/first Baptist church in America, the First Baptist Church of Providence. He was a student of Native American languages and an advocate for fair dealings with Native Americans in the United States/Native Americans. Williams was arguably the first Abolitionism in the United States/abolitionist in North America, having organized the first attempt to prohibit slavery in any of the original thirteen colonies.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous theologians! More Roger Williams on Wikipedia.
God requireth not a uniformity of religion to be enacted in any civil state; which enforced uniformity (sooner or later) is the greatest occasion of civil war, ravishing of conscience, persecution of Christ Jesus in his servants, and of the hypocrisy and destruction of millions of souls.Roger Williams