Under the Cope of Heaven : Religion, Society, and Politics in Colonial America: Religion, Society, and Politics in Colonial America (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Jul 10, 2003 - Social Science - 328 pages
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In this pathbreaking study, Patricia Bonomi argues that religion was as instrumental as either politics or the economy in shaping early American life and values. Looking at the middle and southern colonies as well as at Puritan New England, Bonomi finds an abundance of religious vitality through the colonial years among clergy and churchgoers of diverse religious background. The book also explores the tightening relationship between religion and politics and illuminates the vital role religion played in the American Revolution. A perennial backlist title first published in 1986, this updated edition includes a new preface on research in the field on African Americans, Indians, women, the Great Awakening, and Atlantic history and how these impact her interpretations.
  

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Contents

The Religious Prospect
3
RELIGION AND SOCIETY
11
The New Heavens and the New Earth
13
The forlorne State of Religion
15
A Grudging Toleration
21
The Restoration Colonies and the Growth of Toleration
30
Religious Liberty on Principle
33
The Clergymen
39
RELIGION AND POLITICS
129
The Hosannas of the Multitude The Great Awakening in America
131
Presbyterian Beginnings
133
New Sides vs Old Sides
139
The divine fire Kindled in New England
149
The Great Awakening as a Radical Model
152
Who is upon GODs Side?
157
The Political Awakening
161

The Colonial Anglican Clergy
41
The Rectors Daily Rounds
54
Congregational Clergymen
61
The German Church Clergy
72
The Churchgoers
87
Churchgoing and Social Rank
92
A Gentlemans Religion
97
Daughters of Zion
105
More Godly Women Than Men
111
Young and Old
115
Blacks Indians and Indentured Servants
119
The Great Awakening and Church Membership
123
From Religion to Politics in Connecticut
162
Denominational Politics in Pennsylvania
168
Dissenters vs Anglicans in Virginia
181
Religion and the American Revolution
187
The Ideology of Dissent
189
Controversy over an American Bishop
199
The Clergy the People and the Patriot Cause
209
The Formation of American Religious Culture
217
Notes
223
Index
281
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