Children of Wrath: New School Calvinism and Antebellum Reform

Children of Wrath: New School Calvinism and Antebellum Reform

by Leo P. Hirrel, Leo Hirrel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813120616

ISBN-13: 9780813120614

Pub. Date: 07/28/1998

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

In an exciting reinterpretation of the early nineteenth century, Leo Hirrel demonstrates the importance of religious ideas by exploring the relationship between religion and reform efforts during a crucial period in American history. The result is a work that moves the history of antebellum reform to a higher level of sophistication.

Hirrel focuses upon New

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In an exciting reinterpretation of the early nineteenth century, Leo Hirrel demonstrates the importance of religious ideas by exploring the relationship between religion and reform efforts during a crucial period in American history. The result is a work that moves the history of antebellum reform to a higher level of sophistication.

Hirrel focuses upon New School Congregationalists and Presbyterians who served at the forefront of reform efforts and provided critical leadership to anti-Catholic, temperance, antislavery, and missionary movements. Their religion was an attempt to reconcile traditional Calvinist language with the prevalent intellectual trends of the time. New School theologians preserved Calvinist language about depravity, but they incorporated an assertion of nominal human ability to overcome sin and a belief in the fixed, immutable nature of truth.

Describing both the origins of New School Calvinism and the specific reform activities that grew out of these beliefs, Hirrel provides a fresh perspective on the historical background of religious controversies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813120614
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
0.90(w) x 9.35(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. 1Religion7
1The Challenge to Orthodoxy9
2Theology at New Haven26
3Theology at Princeton and Oberlin41
4The Antebellum Congregational and Presbyterian Communities54
5The Role of Religion in the Republic74
Pt. 2Reform91
6The Catholic Church and the Whore of Babylon93
7The Temperance Crusade117
8Chattel Slavery134
9Benevolence, the Social Order, and the Kingdom of God155
10The Closing Years of Antebellum Reform170
In Retrospect182
Notes185
Bibliography220
Index243

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