By Jonathan D. Sassi
This booklet examines the controversy 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 so much earlier stories have obvious this era as one during 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 enthusiastic about their company future, maintaining a dedication to developing a righteous neighborhood and assessing the cosmic that means of the yank scan.
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57 In describing the providential care of nation and church, ministers established a latent tension: which institution would take precedence if a conﬂict should arise? Clearly, they would answer that in all things God worked for the church, but initially some failed to anticipate the potential contradictions of their position. After 1800, when the national government came under the control of the Jeffersonians, the standing order sought to separate the church from any identiﬁcation with the Union.
They connected the Revolution to their most elemental foundation of understanding, their providential faith. Many clergymen singled out George Washington as a particularly shining example of providential assistance. ”67 Finally, of course, Providence also deserved thanks for peace. ” Samuel Langdon concisely summarized the providential view of the Revolution during the 1788 New Hampshire election sermon. He was then minister at Hampton Falls and had served as president of Harvard from 1774 to 1780.
17 In Connecticut, meanwhile, the Congregationalists displayed a similar dominance. 18 While from a distance Congregationalism cut an imposing proﬁle, a closer inspection reveals cracks just below the surface. These divisions, which would split the denomination and sap its strength in the ﬁrst quarter of the nineteenth century, were now mostly latent, but festering. Since the 1730s at least, due to the inﬂuence of the Enlightenment, Arminianism had been seeping into New England thought and undermining its historical, Calvinist foundations.
A Republic of Righteousness: The Public Christianity of the Post-Revolutionary New England Clergy by Jonathan D. Sassi