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Asahel Morse - our 5th subject in the forthcoming volume 7 of A Noble Company


Early American Baptist preacher, Asahel Morse (1771–1838), loved the church and fought to secure her freedom from the Puritan standing order whose restrictions were intolerable to non-conformist sects. Morse’s persistent pleas before the Connecticut legislature to acknowledge the inalienable right of universal free worship resulted in the approval of a new constitution in 1818, effectively ending government coercion of religion. The story of Morse’s selfless labors as pastor and defender of religious liberty deserve to be retold as a challenge to an increasing secular society of what it means to “fight the good fight of faith” whatever the cost.