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By Jonathan D. Sassi

This booklet examines the controversy over the relationship among faith and public lifestyles in society throughout the fifty years following the yank Revolution. Sassi demanding situations the normal knowledge, discovering a vital continuity to the period's public Christianity, while so much past experiences have obvious this era as one during which the nation's cultural paradigm shifted from republicanism to liberal individualism. concentrating on the Congregational clergy of latest England, he demonstrates that all through this era there have been americans occupied with their company future, conserving a dedication to developing a righteous neighborhood and assessing the cosmic that means of the yankee 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.

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.

More important than its numerical strength, though, is the fact that the Baptists spearheaded resistance to the Congregational establishment through local protest, statewide organization, and an ongoing ideological confrontation in the newspapers and pamphlet literature. 28 Aside from a simple (and simplistic) enumeration of churches or adherents, less tangible factors add to the picture of the standing order’s preponderance in the public realm. For instance, the standing order enjoyed access to public influence through its close interconnection with the region’s ruling elites.

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