Head and Heart: A History of Christianity in America [NOOK Book]

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Gary Wills has won significant acclaim for his bestselling works of religion and history. Here, for the first time, he combines both disciplines in a sweeping examination of Christianity in America throughout the last 400 years. Wills argues that the struggle now?as throughout our nation's history?is between the head and the heart, reason and emotion, enlightenment and Evangelism. A landmark volume for anyone interested in either politics or religion, Head and Heart concludes that, while religion is a fertile and...
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Overview

Gary Wills has won significant acclaim for his bestselling works of religion and history. Here, for the first time, he combines both disciplines in a sweeping examination of Christianity in America throughout the last 400 years. Wills argues that the struggle now?as throughout our nation's history?is between the head and the heart, reason and emotion, enlightenment and Evangelism. A landmark volume for anyone interested in either politics or religion, Head and Heart concludes that, while religion is a fertile and enduring force in American politics, the tension between the two is necessary, inevitable, and unending.


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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
A major contribution to the national debate over separation of church and state.
The New York Times Book Review
Challenge[s] the conventional wisdom on many issues while synthesizing much of the finest recent scholarship.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Essential reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101202531
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/4/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 919,689
  • File size: 968 KB

Meet the Author

Garry Wills
Garry Wills is one of the most respected writers on religion today. He is the author of Saint Augustine’s Childhood, Saint Augustine’s Memory, and Saint Augustine’s Sin, the first three volumes in this series, as well as the Penguin Lives biography Saint Augustine. His other books include “Negro President”: Jefferson and the Slave Power, Why I Am a Catholic, Papal Sin, and Lincoln at Gettysburg, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

Biography

Born in Atlanta in 1934 and raised in the Midwest, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and distinguished religion writer Garry Wills entered the Jesuit seminary after high school graduation, but left after six years of training. He received a B.A. from St. Louis University (1957), an M.A. from Xavier University of Cincinnati (1958), and his Ph.D. in classics from Yale (1961).

After graduating from Xavier, Wills was hired to work as the drama critic for National Review magazine, where he became a close personal friend and protégé of founding editor William F. Buckley. But as the winds of change blew across the 1960s, Wills got caught up in the cross-currents. A staunch Catholic anti-Communist in his youth, he began to drift away from political conservatism, galvanized by the civil rights movement and the Vietnam debate. He parted ways with National Review and began writing for more liberal-leaning publications like Esquire and the New York Review of Books, a defection that left him slightly estranged from Buckley for many years. (They reconciled before Buckley's death in 2008.)

In 1961, while he was still in grad school, Wills's first book, Chesterton: Man and Mask was published. [It was revised and reissued in 2001 with a new author's introduction.] Since then, the prolific Wills has gone on to pen critically acclaimed nonfiction that roams across history, politics, and religion. He expanded one of his Esquire articles into Nixon Agonistes (1970), a probing profile John Leonard said "...reads like a combination of H. L. Mencken, John Locke and Albert Camus." (The book landed Wills on the famous Nixon's Enemies List.) He has also written penetrating studies of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Wayne, and Saint Paul; he has won two National Book Critics Circle Awards; and his 1992 book Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.

Something of a rara avis, Wills is a Catholic intellectual who has produced thoughtful, scholarly books on religion in America. His translations of St. Augustine have received glowing reviews, and he has acted both as an outspoken critic of the Church (Papal Sin) and as an ardent advocate for his own faith Why I Am a Catholic). Proof of his accessibility can be found in the fact that several of his religion books have become bestsellers.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      May 22, 1934
    2. Place of Birth:
      Atlanta, GA
    1. Education:
      St. Louis University, B.A., 1957; Xavier University, M.A., 1958; Yale University, Ph.D., 1961

Table of Contents


Key to Brief Citations x Introduction 1 Part 1 Pre-Enlightenment Religion I Puritans 13
1 Mary Dyer Must Die 15
2 The Puritan Psyche 37
3 The Puritan Conscience 54
4 The Puritan Intellect 67 II Preludes to Enlightenment 83
5 Precursors: Samuel Sewall, Roger Williams 85
6 Spur to Enlightenment: The Great Awakening 100 Part 2 Enlightened Religion III Unitarians 121
7 Against the Awakening 123
8 Quakers 135
9 Deists 153 IV Disestablishment 173
10 Beyond Tolerance 175
11 Jefferson's Statute 189
12 Madison's Remonstrance 203
13 First Amendment 223
14 Madisonian Separation 236 Part 3 The Romantic Era V Transcendentalism 253
15 Schism in New England 255
16 Emersonians 271 VI Religion of the Heart 285
17 The Second Great Awakening 287
18 Schisms over Slavery 303
19 God of Battles 316
20 Religion in the Gilded Age 336 Part 4 Culture Wars VII Doomsday or Progress? 353
21 Second-Coming Theology 355
22 Second-Coming Politics 368
23 The Social Gospel 383 VIII Reversals 397
24 Evangelicals Riding High 399
25 Evangelicals Brought Low 415
26 Religion in a Radical Time 429 Part 5 Religious Nation IX Euphoria 449
27 The Great Religious Truce 451
28 The Rights Revolution 465
29 Evangelicals Counterattack 480 X The Karl Rove Era 495
30 Faith-Based Government 497
31 Ecumenical Karl 515
32 Life After Rove 531 Epilogue: Separation Not Suppression 547 Acknowledgments 553 Notes 554 Appendix I Jefferson's Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom 599 Appendix II Madison's Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments 602 Index 610
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