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…  See more details below

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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 Delving into the Mathers' private papers and unpublished writings as well as their sermons and published works, Middlekauff describes a Puritan theory of religious experience that is more creative, complex, and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
Sales rank:
1,439,766
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Bk. IRichard Mather (1596-1669): History
1The Founder3
2The Antichrist20
3The Church35
4The Word58
Bk. IIIncrease Mather (1639-1723): Typology
5An Unripened Puritan79
6The Invention of New England96
7The Church of the Pure113
8The Invisible World139
9The Word in Boston162
10Chiliasm179
Bk. IIICotton Mather (1663-1728): Prophecy
11The Virtuous Epicure191
12Christian Union and the Meaning of New England209
13The Psychology of Abasement231
14Christ and the Covenant247
15The Failure of Reformation262
16The Experimental Philosophy279
17The Experimental Religion305
18The Prophecy of Joel320
19"On the Borders of Paradise"350
Notes369
A Note on the Sources426
Index429

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