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The Mathers: Three Generations of Puritan Intellectuals, 1596-1728 / Edition 1

The Mathers: Three Generations of Puritan Intellectuals, 1596-1728 / Edition 1

by Robert Middlekauff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520219309

ISBN-13: 9780520219304

Pub. Date: 06/29/1999

Publisher: University of California Press


In this classic work of American religious history, Robert Middlekauff traces the evolution of Puritan thought and theology in America from its origins in New England through the early eighteenth century. He focuses on three generations of intellectual ministers—Richard, Increase, and Cotton Mather—in order to challenge the traditional telling of the

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In this classic work of American religious history, Robert Middlekauff traces the evolution of Puritan thought and theology in America from its origins in New England through the early eighteenth century. He focuses on three generations of intellectual ministers—Richard, Increase, and Cotton Mather—in order to challenge the traditional telling of the secularization of Puritanism, a story of faith transformed by reason, science, and business. Delving into the Mathers' private papers and unpublished writings as well as their sermons and published works, Middlekauff describes a Puritan theory of religious experience that is more creative, complex, and uncompromising than traditional accounts have allowed. At the same time, he portrays changing ideas and patterns of behavior that reveal much about the first hundred years of American life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520219304
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/29/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
458
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

BOOK I RICHARD MATHER (1596–1669): HISTORY,
1 The Founder, 3,
2 The Antichrist, 20,
3 The Church, 35,
4 The Word, 58,
BOOK II INCREASE MATHER (1639–1723): TYPOLOGY,
5 An Unripened Puritan, 79,
6 The Invention of New England, 96,
7 The Church of the Pure, 113,
8 The Invisible World, 139,
g The Word in Boston, 162,
10 Chiliasm, 179,
BOOK III COTTON MATHER (1663–1728): PROPHECY,
11 The Virtuous Epicure, 191,
12 Christian Union and the Meaning of New England, 209,
13 The Psychology of Abasement, 231,
14 Christ and the Covenant, 247,
15 The Failure of Reformation, 262,
16 The Experimental Philosophy, 279,
17 The Experimental Religion, 305,
18 The Prophecy of Joel, 320,
19 "On the Borders of Paradise", 330,
NOTES, 369,
A Note on the Sources, 426,
INDEX, 429,

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