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A paradise of reason : William Bentley and Enlightenment Christianity in the early republic

Author: J Rixey Ruffin
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2008.
Series: Religion in America series (Oxford University Press)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is as much a social and political history of Salem in the early republic as it is an intellectual biography; it not only delineates Bentley's ideas, but perhaps more important, it unravels their social and political consequences. Using Bentley's remarkable diary and a vast archive of newspaper accounts, tax records, and electoral returns, Ruffin brings to life the sailors, widows, captains, and merchants  Read more...
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Ruffin, J. Rixey (James Rixey).
Paradise of reason.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
(DLC) 2007000076
(OCoLC)77829945
Named Person: William Bentley; William Bentley; William (Pfarrer) Bentley
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J Rixey Ruffin
ISBN: 9780195326512 0195326512 9780198043744 0198043740 9781435620407 1435620402
OCLC Number: 77829945
Description: x, 266 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The revolution on the corner of Main and Hardy --
Classical liberalism --
Christian naturalism --
Spiritual libertarianism --
Republicanism emergent --
Economic republicanism --
The liberal symbiosis --
Republicanism victorious --
Vox populi, vox Dei --
William Bentley and the limits of revolutionary ideology.
Series Title: Religion in America series (Oxford University Press)
Responsibility: J. Rixey Ruffin.
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"This book is as much a social and political history of Salem in the early republic as it is an intellectual biography; it not only delineates Bentley's ideas, but perhaps more important, it unravels their social and political consequences. Using Bentley's remarkable diary and a vast archive of newspaper accounts, tax records, and electoral returns, Ruffin brings to life the sailors, widows, captains, and merchants who lived with Bentley in the eastern parish of Salem." "A Paradise of Reason is a study of the intellectual and tangible effects of rational religion in mercantile Salem, of theology and philosophy but also of ideology - of the social politics of race and class and gender, the ecclesiastical politics of establishment and dissent, the ideological politics of republicanism and classical liberalism, and the patty politics of Federalism and Democratic-Republicanism. In bringing to light the fascinating life and thought of one of early New England's most interesting historical figures, Ruffin offers a fresh perspective on the formative negotiations between Christianity and the Enlightenment in the years of America's founding."--Jacket.

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