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By Mark A. Noll

non secular lifestyles in early the US is usually equated with the fire-and-brimstone Puritanism most sensible embodied via the theology of Cotton Mather. but, by means of the 19th century, American theology had shifted dramatically clear of the critical eu 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 a hundred twenty five years previous the outbreak of the Civil conflict, theology performed an awfully vital function in American private and non-private lifestyles. Its evolution had a profound effect on America's self-definition. The alterations happening in American theology in this interval have been marked via heightened religious inwardness, a brand new self belief in person cause, and an attentiveness to the industrial 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 akin to 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 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 keeping with 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 objective set the level for the Civil conflict, because the conviction of Christians either North and South that God was once 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 inventive theological power that through the years cast a guiding nationwide ideology the legacies of which stay with us to this day.

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