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By Mark A. Noll

spiritual lifestyles in early the USA is frequently equated with the fire-and-brimstone Puritanism top embodied through the theology of Cotton Mather. but, by way of the 19th century, American theology had shifted dramatically clear of the serious ecu traditions without delay descended from the Protestant Reformation, of which Puritanism used to be 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 one hundred twenty five years previous the outbreak of the Civil struggle, theology performed a very very important function in American private and non-private existence. Its evolution had a profound effect on America's self-definition. The alterations happening in American theology in this interval have been marked by means of heightened religious inwardness, a brand new self assurance 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 corresponding to Jonathan Edwards, Nathaniel W. Taylor, William Ellery Channing, and Charles Hodge and religiously encouraged writers corresponding to 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 conflict with France, the eating fight for independence, and the increase of evangelical Protestantism to shape a typical highbrow coinage according to a emerging republicanism and common-sense rules. 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 non secular goal set the degree for the Civil warfare, because the conviction of Christians either North and South that God used to be on their part served to deepen a schism that may quickly rend the younger state asunder. Mark Noll has given us the definitive historical past of Christian theology in the United States 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 solid a guiding nationwide ideology the legacies of which stay with us to this day.

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