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Pious Persuasions: Laity And Clergy In Eighteenth Century New England
Congregational ministers in early New England worked hard to advance the cause of orthodox religion among the region's laypeople, but the people's willingness to voice differences with their ministers persisted. By the time of the Revolutionary War, New Englanders had established a strong tradition of independent-mindedness, shaped in part by the previous century's ...more
Hardcover, 263 pages
Published January 5th 2000 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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In Pious Persuasions, Erik Seeman argues that a tension existed in 18th century New England between lay and clerical conceptions of Calvinist Christianity. Seeman uses the idea of a "cultural script" as a metaphor – in the 17th century, he argues, the orthodox script prevailed in New England, but around the turn of the 18th century things changed. Where some historians argue that the 18th century was a time of declension, Seeman believes that Christianity was growing and becoming MORE vital, and ...more