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Head and heart : American Christianities

Author: Garry Wills
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An examination of Christianity's place in American life through history, from the Puritans to the administration of George W. Bush. The struggle within American Christianity, historian Wills argues, has been between the head and the heart: reason and emotion, Enlightenment and Evangelism. 18th century America saw a religious revolution--an Enlightenment culture emerged whose hallmarks were tolerance for other faiths  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Church history
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Garry Wills
ISBN: 9781594201462 1594201463
OCLC Number: 122309283
Description: 626 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Puritans. Mary Dyer must die ; The Puritan psyche ; The Puritan conscience ; The Puritan intellect --
Preludes to Enlightenment. Precursors : Samuel Sewall, Roger Williams ; Spur to Enlightenment : the Great Awakening --
Unitarians. Against the awakening ; Quakers ; Deists --
Disestablishment. Beyond tolerance ; Jefferson's statute ; Madison's Remonstrance ; First Amendment ; Madisonian separation --
Transcendentalism. Schism in New England ; Emersonians --
Religion of the heart. The second Great Awakening ; Schisms over slavery ; God of battles ; Religion in the Gilded Age --
Doomsday or progress? Second-coming theology ; Second-coming politics ; The social gospel --
Reversals. Evangelicals riding high ; Evangelicals brought low ; Religion in a radical time --
Euphoria. Great religious truce ; The rights revolution ; Evangelicals counterattack --
The Karl Rove era. Faith-based government ; Ecumenical Karl ; Life after Rove --
Epilogue : Separation not suppression --
Appendix I : Jefferson's Virginia statute for religious freedom --
Appendix II : Madison's Memorial and remonstrance against religious assessments.
Responsibility: Garry Wills.
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An examination of Christianity's place in American life through history, from the Puritans to the administration of George W. Bush. The struggle within American Christianity, historian Wills argues, has been between the head and the heart: reason and emotion, Enlightenment and Evangelism. 18th century America saw a religious revolution--an Enlightenment culture emerged whose hallmarks were tolerance for other faiths and a belief that religion was best divorced from political institutions. Wills shows the steps by which church-state separation was enshrined in the Constitution. He shows a repeating pattern in our history: a cooling of popular religious fervor, followed by an explosion in evangelical activity, and then a backlash. --From publisher description.

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