Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment: Popular Religious Belief in Early New England / Edition 1

Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment: Popular Religious Belief in Early New England / Edition 1

by David D. Hall
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674962168

ISBN-13: 9780674962163

Pub. Date: 10/01/1990

Publisher: Harvard


This book tells an extraordinary story of the people of early New England and their spiritual lives. It is about ordinary people--farmers, housewives, artisans, merchants, sailors, aspiring scholars--struggling to make sense of their time and place on earth. David Hall describes a world of religious consensus and resistance: a variety of conflicting beliefs

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This book tells an extraordinary story of the people of early New England and their spiritual lives. It is about ordinary people--farmers, housewives, artisans, merchants, sailors, aspiring scholars--struggling to make sense of their time and place on earth. David Hall describes a world of religious consensus and resistance: a variety of conflicting beliefs and believers ranging from the committed core to outright dissenters. He reveals for the first time the many-layered complexity of colonial religious life, and the importance within it of traditions derived from those of the Old World. We see a religion of the laity that was to merge with the tide of democratic nationalism in the nineteenth century, and that remains with us today as the essence of Protestant America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674962163
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
10/01/1990
Edition description:
1st Harvard Univ. Press Edition
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Uses of Literacy

2. A World of Wonders

3. The Meetinghouse

4. The Uses of Ritual

5. The Mental World of Samuel

Afterword

A Note on Book Ownership in Seventeenth-Century New England

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

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