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The New England Soul: Preaching and Religious Culture in Colonial New England / Edition 1

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Stout has created a field of scholarship hitherto neglected---the manuscript sermon as a source of religious culture in colonial times. More than that, he has shown the extent to which sermon notes add to our knowledge of the times, notably for the period of the Great Awakening. And he has done so with great insight.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Both the sources he employs and the scope of his study set his work apart from all that have preceded it....The first study of New England preaching to span the entire colonial period....A very important book."--Journal of American History

"A massive achievement, will stand as the definitive work on this important subject."--Reviews in American History

"One of the most impressive studies of Puritan New England society to appear in this century....Throughout the work, Stout enriches, supplements and revises much of the current knowledge about colonial New England. His language, which is both precise and playful, makes the volume a delight to read."--The Historian

"Will surely become a benchmark in the study of early American history and culture."--Journal of the American Academy of Religion

"So soundly based on exhaustive research and so lucid in presentation, that even its most surprising conclusions carry conviction. An impressive achievement."--Daniel Walker Howe, University of California, Los Angeles

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195056457
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1988
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History, Yale University. Editor of OUP's Religion in America series, General Editor of the Works of Jonathan Edwards (Yale Press) and the Co-Director, with Jon Butler, of the Center for Religion and American Society at Yale.

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Table of Contents


I. Invention, 1620-1665
1. The Institutional Setting of the Sermon
2. Regular Preaching and the Sequence of Salvation
3. "Sion's Out-Casts"

II. Arrangement, 1666-1700
4. Days of Trouble and Thankful Remembrances
5. Returning Unto God: The Conversion of the Children
6. Perpetuating the Covenant in Uncertain Times: The Sermon at Century's End

III. Style, 1701-1730
7. Anglicization
8. Regular Preaching and the New Pietism
9. Israel's Constitution

IV Delivery, 1731-1763
10. Awakening
11. A New Balance
12. War

V. Memory, 1764-1776
13. Trust in God
14. A Nation Born at Once


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