The Mathers; Three Generations of Puritan Intellectuals, 1596-1728

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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 Delving into the Mathers' private papers and unpublished writings as...
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Overview

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 Delving into the Mathers' private papers and unpublished writings as well as their sermons and published works, Middlekauff describes a Puritan theory of religious experience that is more creative, complex, and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. This edition includes a new preface by the author.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195013054
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1971
  • Pages: 440

Table of Contents

Bk. I Richard Mather (1596-1669): History
1 The Founder 3
2 The Antichrist 20
3 The Church 35
4 The Word 58
Bk. 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
9 The Word in Boston 162
10 Chiliasm 179
Bk. 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" 350
Notes 369
A Note on the Sources 426
Index 429
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