A Republic of Righteousness: The Public Christianity of the Post-Revolutionary New England Clergy

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Oxford University Press, Oct 11, 2001 - Religion - 320 pages
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This book examines the debate over the connection between religion and public life in society during the fifty years following the American Revolution. Sassi challenges the conventional wisdom, finding an essential continuity to the period's public Christianity, whereas most previous studies have seen this period as one in which the nation's cultural paradigm shifted from republicanism to liberal individualism. Focusing on the Congregational clergy of New England, he demonstrates that throughout this period there were Americans concerned with their corporate destiny, retaining a commitment to constructing a righteous community and assessing the cosmic meaning of the American experiment.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 The Standing Orders Corporate Vision 17831795
19
2 The Two Kingdoms in Concert 17831799
52
3 Jeffersonian Disillusions and Dreams 17991818
84
4 Grassroots Changes and Regional Ideology 18001815
121
5 Public Christianitys Renewal and Realignment 18151833
145
6 Public Christianitys Relevance to Understanding Reform
185
Epilogue
196
Notes
203
Index
291
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