Theology in America : Christian thought from the age of the Puritans to the Civil War (Audiobook on CD, 2004) [WorldCat.org]
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Theology in America : Christian thought from the age of the Puritans to the Civil War

Author: E Brooks Holifield
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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This ... survey of early American Christian theology ... encompasses scores of American theological traditions, schools of thought, and thinkers. [The author] examines mainstream Protestant and Catholic traditions as well as those of more marginal groups. He looks closely at the intricacies of American theology from 1636 to 1865 and considers the social and institutional settings for religious thought during this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: E Brooks Holifield
OCLC Number: 54754662
Notes: Originally published: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2003.
Description: 1 audio disc ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Introduction: Theology in America --
Calvinist origins: The New England Calvinists; Rationalism resisted; Nature, the supernatural, and virtue; Jonathan Edwards; Fragmentation in New England --
Baconian style: The deists; Evidential Christianity; Unitarian virtue; Universal salvation; Episcopal theology and tradition; Methodist perfection; The Baptists and Calvinist diversity; Restoration; Roots of black theology; The immediacy of revelation; Calvinism revised; "True Calvinism" defended --
Alternatives to Baconian reason: Lutherans, reason, revival, and confession; Catholics, reason and the Church; The transcendentalists, intuition; Horace Bushnell, Christian comprehensiveness; The Mercersburg theology, communal reason; Orestes Brownson and Isaac Hecker, transcendental Catholicism; The dilemma of slavery.
Responsibility: E. Brooks Holifield.

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This ... survey of early American Christian theology ... encompasses scores of American theological traditions, schools of thought, and thinkers. [The author] examines mainstream Protestant and Catholic traditions as well as those of more marginal groups. He looks closely at the intricacies of American theology from 1636 to 1865 and considers the social and institutional settings for religious thought during this period. The book argues that one important strand of Christian thought was a sustained effort to demonstrate the reasonableness of Christianity while also viewing theology as a "practical" enterprise closely aligned with the aims of religious institutions. The book also describes the emergence of a theology preoccupied with proofs and evidences yet intent on linking theology to the diverse forms of piety in American culture, from revivalist exhortation to high-church ritualism. [The author] locates American theology within the larger European setting, and he clarifies the social location of theology in early America. Finally, the author assesses the special importance of Calvinist traditions in the development of American theology and gauges the extent of their influence even on their critics.-Dust jacket

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