By Jonathan D. Sassi
This publication examines the talk over the relationship among faith and public existence in society through the fifty years following the yankee Revolution. Sassi demanding situations the traditional knowledge, discovering a necessary continuity to the period's public Christianity, while such a lot past stories have noticeable 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 americans all in favour of their company future, keeping a dedication to developing a righteous group and assessing the cosmic that means of the yankee test.
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There is a rush to the explanatory thesis of “democratization” in the post-Revolutionary period. Contrary to studies that proleptically grant cutting-edge status to dissenters from the standing order, this study steadfastly insists on beginning the story at the beginning. Although not in a period of vigorous growth, the establishment was also not in a state of breakdown during the 1780s and 1790s. Elites mattered. 8 By “the establishment,” I mean two things. Informally, I use the term to denote the dominant religious group, the ascendancy, in New England’s denominational pecking order, as opposed to those groups on the social or cultural margins.
In carrying us through the various distressing scenes of war and desolation . . ”68 In hindsight, ministers could clearly discern the hand of God in the American Revolution, and they ﬁtted that event seamlessly into their providential reading of the past. As the language of the preceding paragraphs indicates, the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt served as a common metaphor for the American experience. ”69 These examples illustrate the residual pungency of the national covenant. Earlier in New England history, in the seventeenth century, Puritan ministers had grounded the religious basis of society in the theology of the national covenant.
22 In the immediate post-Revolutionary period, churchmen struggled to reorganize themselves as the Protestant Episcopal denomination and stanch the hemorrhaging of the war years. Intradenominational disputes over ecclesiastical restructuring largely preoccupied their energies. It was not until 1789 that Episcopalians hammered out a compromise among their regional and ideological factions. Once reorganized, the Episcopal church did not prosper. In his denominational history, Charles C. ”23 Like the Episcopalians, the Quakers, too, were stuck in a period of numerical stagnation, even decreasing in real numbers.
A Republic of Righteousness: The Public Christianity of the Post-Revolutionary New England Clergy by Jonathan D. Sassi