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

By Mark A. Noll

non secular existence in early the US is usually equated with the fire-and-brimstone Puritanism top embodied by way of the theology of Cotton Mather. but, by means of the 19th century, American theology had shifted dramatically clear of the critical ecu traditions at once descended from the Protestant Reformation, of which Puritanism used to be 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 a hundred twenty five years previous the outbreak of the Civil conflict, theology performed a very vital position in American private and non-private existence. Its evolution had a profound impression on America's self-definition. The alterations occurring in American theology in this interval have been marked by way of heightened religious inwardness, a brand new self belief in person cause, and an attentiveness to the commercial and marketplace 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 akin 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 conflict 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 ideas. 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 function set the degree for the Civil warfare, 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 country asunder. Mark Noll has given us the definitive background of Christian theology in the USA from the time of Jonathan Edwards to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. it's a tale of a versatile and artistic theological strength that over the years solid a guiding nationwide ideology the legacies of which stay with us to this day.

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