Pilgrim Mythology (part two)
Peter Gomes concluded his address on “What Can We Believe About the Pilgrims?” with this typical (for him) peroration: “We deceive ourselves if we attempt to embellish and adorn the narrative. After reading countless secondary sources, articles, and sermons, it is always so refreshing to read the homely and unadorned prose of Bradford. Here is an account of persistence, improvisation, and providence: a story each generation of Pilgrim finds relevant and compelling. Here too is an account of men and women, totally human and fallible, whose hopes and fears, ideals and foibles, doubts and joys are ancestors of our own. Their spirit of adventure and their prudent practicality are our birthright. Often their posterity are out neighbors and friends. Their religion was firmly rooted in the world in which they found themselves, and yet their homely prayers ring relevant three centuries later in our own bleak hours of despair” NEGHR 124 (Apr 1970): 138.