The Puritan Way of Death: A Study in Religion, Culture, and Social Change

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The Puritan Way of Death is more than a book about Puritans or about death. It is also about family, community, and identity in the modern world. Even before publication, eminent historians, sociologists, and religious scholars in the United States and Europea-among them, Gordon Wood, Philippe Ariès, William Clebsch, and Robert Nisbet-hailed it as a "pathbreaking, provocative, and exciting" work, a "terse, urbane, learned, clear, humane" volume.
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Overview


The Puritan Way of Death is more than a book about Puritans or about death. It is also about family, community, and identity in the modern world. Even before publication, eminent historians, sociologists, and religious scholars in the United States and Europea-among them, Gordon Wood, Philippe Ariès, William Clebsch, and Robert Nisbet-hailed it as a "pathbreaking, provocative, and exciting" work, a "terse, urbane, learned, clear, humane" volume.
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"A bellwether book--an intelligent and highly original study of seventeenth-century attitudes toward death. The book rests upon a strong command of social science literature and is written with style and grace."--David Hackett Fischer, The New Republic

"Stannard skillfully weaves diverse rich sources into this interdisciplinary study of death--a common human concern. His study of the Puritan way of death sets the tone for all the following eras of American culture."--Mary Pope, Westmar College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195025217
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1979
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,419,742
  • Lexile: 1660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.38 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    A most excellent volume and a must read for those interested in Puritan culture and it ultimate effect on ours.

    I found this book extreamly fasinating. To anyone who has knowledge of, or is interested in learning further details of our Puritan forefathers, this volume is a must. The Puritans were, arguably, some of the most spiritually insightful people to ever grace this planet. They left a treasure of spiritual literature that is unsurpassed in history. But turly, David Stannard's book title speaks for itself. Stannard, in a fair, and often sympathetic narrative, describes how these Godly but imperfect people understood their world, their faith, and their relationship with their creator. They understood death as the ultimate reality and were, by God's grace, determined to prepare for it - something few in our time are concerned with doing.

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