A Republic of Righteousness: The Public Christianity of the by Jonathan D. Sassi

By Jonathan D. Sassi

This publication examines the talk over the relationship among faith and public existence in society in the course of the fifty years following the yankee Revolution. Sassi demanding situations the traditional knowledge, discovering an important continuity to the period's public Christianity, while so much prior stories have obvious this era as one within which the nation's cultural paradigm shifted from republicanism to liberal individualism. targeting the Congregational clergy of latest England, he demonstrates that all through this era there have been american citizens focused on their company future, holding a dedication to developing a righteous group and assessing the cosmic which means of the yankee scan.

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Amid the battle’s carnage, recalled the pastor of Wilmington, Massachusetts, applying Ps. ”4 Non-Congregationalists, too, joined in this kind of providential reading of events, although they generally lacked the standing order’s broader concern for society. A belief in the providential guidance of American affairs also yielded insight into the future and contributed, in a diffuse way, to the development of nationalism in the last quarter of the eighteenth century. In their providential interpretations, ministers perpetuated a New England tradition that stretched back to the region’s seventeenth-century beginnings and adapted their reading of the region’s ultimate meaning to incorporate the American Revolution.

30 Of the five laymen I have identified, all held high governmental office in 1800, such as lieutenant governor, councillor, or congressman. Two of them united their government service with lengthy tenures as deacons of their local Congregational churches, and one, John Treadwell, also later helped found and served as president of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. 31 Aside from membership on the Missionary Society’s board, other common traits drew these twelve men together.

28:41 Although dramatic developments were to transform the religious landscape between 1783 and 1833, by every measure the Congregational establishment occupied a predominant place in southern New England during the last two decades of the eighteenth century. Law and custom privileged the Congregational churches fiscally above their rivals, allowing them to collect taxes for ministerial support and building maintenance. Numerically speaking, the Congregationalists outpaced all others combined in terms of churches and clergymen.

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