AWASH IN A SEA OF FAITH: CHRISTIANIZING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE (NO DUSTJACKET )

AWASH IN A SEA OF FAITH: CHRISTIANIZING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE (NO DUSTJACKET )

By: Butler, Jon

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Challenging the formidable tradition that places early New England Puritani sm at the center of the American religious experience, Yale historian Jon B utler offers a new interpretation of three hundred years of religious and c ultural development. Butler stresses the instability of religion in Europe where state churches battled dissenters, magic, and astonishingly low churc h participation. He charts the transfer of these difficulties to America, i ncluding the failure of Puritan religious models, and describes the surpris ing advance of religious commitment there between 1700 and 1865. Through th e assertion of authority and coercion, a remarkable sacralization of the pr erevolutionary countryside, advancing religious pluralism, the folklorizati on of magic, and an eclectic, syncretistic emphasis on supernatural interve ntionism, including miracles, America emerged after 1800 as an extraordinar y spiritual hothouse that far eclipsed the Puritan achievementâ??even as se cularism triumphed in Europe. Awash in a Sea of Faith ranges from popular piety to magic, from anxious revolutionary war chaplains to the cool rationalism of James Madison, from divining rods and seer stones to Anglican and Unitarian elites, and from Virginia Anglican occultists and Presbyterians raised from the dead to Jonathan Edwards, Joseph Smith, and Abraham Lincoln. Butler deftly comes to terms with conventional themes such as Puritanism, witchcraft, religion and revolution, revivalism, millenarianism, and Mormonism. His elucidation of Christianity's powerful role in shaping slavery and of a subsequent African spiritual "holocaust," with its ironic result in A.

Title: AWASH IN A SEA OF FAITH: CHRISTIANIZING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE (NO DUSTJACKET )

Author Name: Butler, Jon

Categories: Americas,

Publisher: Harvard University Press: 1992

ISBN Number: 0674056019

ISBN Number 13: 9780674056015

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: RWARE0000047350