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The Puritan as Yankee: A Life of Horace Bushnell (Library of Religious Biography)

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"Horace Bushnell (1802-76), the much maligned 19th-century liberal pastor/scholar/ theologian, is here vindicated as a deeply conservative Puritan and misunderstood intellectual of his time. In this biography, Mullin (General Theological Seminary) considers Bushnell in the context of his time and milieu. While calling him a "flinty character," Mullin argues that Bushnell w ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published August 23rd 2002 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
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Very interesting biography. Bushnell was a remarkably complex character who defies easy categorization. Mullin mines his writings to portray the originality and complexity of Bushnell's thinking. Bushnell's antipathy to dogma and his refusal to embrace traditional (orthodox) formulations of the Trinity and the atonement confirm his identity as the "Father of American Liberalism." However, he scorned other liberals' treatment of Jesus as just a good role model; and he emphasized the miraculous (i ...more
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