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


By Mark A. Noll

spiritual lifestyles in early the US is frequently equated with the fire-and-brimstone Puritanism most sensible embodied via the theology of Cotton Mather. but, by way of the 19th century, American theology had shifted dramatically clear of the critical ecu traditions without delay descended from the Protestant Reformation, of which Puritanism was once 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 warfare, theology performed an awfully very important position in American private and non-private existence. Its evolution had a profound influence on America's self-definition. The adjustments 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 industrial and industry 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 corresponding to Jonathan Edwards, Nathaniel W. Taylor, William Ellery Channing, and Charles Hodge and religiously encouraged writers equivalent 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 spiritual revival of the 1740s, colonial struggle with France, the eating fight for independence, and the increase of evangelical Protestantism to shape a standard highbrow coinage in keeping with 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 spiritual goal set the level 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 will quickly rend the younger state 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 inventive theological strength that through the years cast a guiding nationwide ideology the legacies of which stay with us to this day.

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