New PDF release: America's God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln

By Mark A. Noll

ISBN-10: 0195151119

ISBN-13: 9780195151114

ISBN-10: 0195182995

ISBN-13: 9780195182996

non secular existence in early the USA is frequently equated with the fire-and-brimstone Puritanism most sensible embodied by means of the theology of Cotton Mather. but, via the 19th century, American theology had shifted dramatically clear of the serious ecu traditions without delay descended from the Protestant Reformation, of which Puritanism used to be within the usa the main influential. as an alternative arose a singularly American set of ideals. In America's God, Mark Noll has written a biography of this new American ethos. within the one hundred twenty five years previous the outbreak of the Civil struggle, theology performed a very very important function in American private and non-private lifestyles. Its evolution had a profound impression on America's self-definition. The alterations occurring in American theology in this interval have been marked via heightened non secular inwardness, a brand new self belief in person cause, and an attentiveness to the commercial and marketplace realities of Western lifestyles. Vividly set within the social and political occasions of the age, America's God is replete with the figures who made up the early American highbrow panorama, from theologians reminiscent of Jonathan Edwards, Nathaniel W. Taylor, William Ellery Channing, and Charles Hodge and religiously encouraged writers reminiscent of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Catherine Stowe to dominant political leaders of the day like Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln. The contributions of those thinkers mixed with the spiritual revival of the 1740s, colonial battle with France, the eating fight for independence, and the increase of evangelical Protestantism to shape a typical highbrow coinage in keeping with a emerging republicanism and common sense rules. As this Christian republicanism affirmed itself, it imbued in devoted Christians a conviction that the Bible supported their ideals over these of all others. Tragically, this feeling of spiritual goal set the degree for the Civil battle, because the conviction of Christians either North and South that God used to be on their facet served to deepen a schism that may quickly rend the younger country asunder. Mark Noll has given us the definitive heritage of Christian theology in the United States from the time of Jonathan Edwards to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. it's a tale of a versatile and inventive theological strength that over the years cast a guiding nationwide ideology the legacies of which stay with us to this day.

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