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America's God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln by Mark A. Noll

By Mark A. Noll

non secular existence in early the United States is frequently equated with the fire-and-brimstone Puritanism most sensible embodied via the theology of Cotton Mather. but, via the 19th century, American theology had shifted dramatically clear of the serious ecu traditions at once descended from the Protestant Reformation, of which Puritanism was once within the usa the main influential. instead 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 warfare, theology performed a very vital position 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 by means of heightened non secular inwardness, a brand new self assurance in person cause, and an attentiveness to the commercial and industry realities of Western existence. 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 corresponding to Jonathan Edwards, Nathaniel W. Taylor, William Ellery Channing, and Charles Hodge and religiously encouraged writers corresponding to 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 non secular 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 response to a emerging republicanism and common sense rules. As this Christian republicanism affirmed itself, it imbued in committed Christians a conviction that the Bible supported their ideals over these of all others. Tragically, this feeling of non secular objective set the level for the Civil battle, because the conviction of Christians either North and South that God used to be on their part served to deepen a schism that might quickly rend the younger kingdom asunder. Mark Noll has given us the definitive background 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 power that over the years solid a guiding nationwide ideology the legacies of which stay with us to this day.

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