Jonathan Dickinson and the Formative Years of American Presbyterianism

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One of the founders of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and its first president, Dickinson was a central figure during the First Great Awakening and one of the leading lights of colonial religious life. In this first-ever biography of the man, Bryan Le Beau examines Dickinson's writings and actions, showing him to have been a driving force in forming the American Presbyterian Church. Dickinson accommodated diverse traditions in the early church and grappled with the classic dilemma of American...
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Overview

One of the founders of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and its first president, Dickinson was a central figure during the First Great Awakening and one of the leading lights of colonial religious life. In this first-ever biography of the man, Bryan Le Beau examines Dickinson's writings and actions, showing him to have been a driving force in forming the American Presbyterian Church. Dickinson accommodated diverse traditions in the early church and grappled with the classic dilemma of American religious history - the simultaneous longing for freedom of conscience and the need for order - as he addressed concerns central to the early American religious experience, including denominationalism and religious liberty. This account of Dickinson's life and writings provides a rare window into a time of intense turmoil and creativity in American religious history.
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"Le Beau has carefully blended Dickinson into both the spirit and the substance of his times to produce a much-needed study of a key figure." — Journal of American History

"A welcome addition to the literature, not only because Le Beau has produced a solid biography but because he also explores the broader intellectual milieu of Dickenson and provides a context for Dickinson's effort to guide Presbyterianism through a series of religious and theological controversies." — Journal of American History

"Both an intellectual biography of Dickinson as well as an intellectual history of some of the most important disputes in colonial religious life." — Journal of Religious History

"LeBeau's judicious appraisals of this issues will serve to enlighten scholars regarding the role of Jonathan Dickinson in the history of the Presbyterian Church.... an invaluable resource." — Journal of the Early Republic

"A substantial contribution to scholarship on American Presbyterianism and, more generally, to the intellectual history of American religion." — Joyce D. Goodfriend

"An intellectual biography of one of the most important but overlooked figures in colonial American religious and intellectual history." — Religious Studies Review

"A solid, illuminating account of Dickinson's ministry and intellectual pilgrimage.... a good biography if a consequential colonial divine who is past due for this careful attention." — William and Mary Quarterly

"[Dickinson was] the most powerful mind in his generation of American divines." — Alan Heimert and Perry Miller, The Great Awakening

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813120263
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.99 (d)

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