The Last Puritans: Mainline Protestants and the Power of the Past (Paperback)Margaret Bendroth (author)
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Bendroth chronicles how the New England Puritans, known for their moral and doctrinal rigor, came to be the antecedents of the United Church of Christ, one of the most liberal of all Protestant denominations today. The demands of competition in the American religious marketplace spurred Congregationalists, Bendroth argues, to face their distinctive history. By engaging deeply with their denomination's storied past, they recast their modern identity. The soul-searching took diverse forms - from letter writing to eloquent sermonizing to Pilgrim-celebrating Thanksgiving pageants - as Congregationalists renegotiated old obligations to their seventeenth-century spiritual ancestors. The result was a modern piety that stood a respectful but ironic distance from the past and made a crucial contribution to the American ethos of religious tolerance.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 15 mm
An important contribution to the field.--Reading Religion
This smartly conceived, gracefully written work weaves four under-studied stories into one.--Christian Century Reviews
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