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America's God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln

Mark A. Noll


Examines the emergence – and then the broad effects – of a singularly American synthesis of convictions. That synthesis of evangelical Protestant religion, republican political ideology, and commonsense moral reasoning came into existence during the second half of the eighteenth century and then exerted a telling influence on American life through the time of the Civil War. Elsewhere in the North Atlantic world, the main Christian traditions opposed both “Real Whig” republicanism and the “commonsense” principles of the era's new moral philosophy. Not so in America. Through a series of continge ... More

Keywords: Bible, Christian, Civil War, common sense, evangelical, moral philosophy, Protestant, republican, theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195151114
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195151119.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark A. Noll, author
Wheaton College, Illinois
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