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America's GodFrom Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln$
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Mark A. Noll

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151114

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195151119.001.0001

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Failed Alternatives

Failed Alternatives

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(p.402) 20 Failed Alternatives
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America's God
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Mark A. Noll (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195151119.003.0020

Despite the prevalence of the Reformed, literal hermeneutic in the nineteenth century, a number of other interpretative strategies existed. These strategies were promoted by Roman Catholics, African Americans, church Protestants trying to maintain European traditions, and some conservative Presbyterian Calvinists. None of these groups succeeded in efforts to promote hermeneutical alternatives to the dominant Reformed, literal interpretation of the Bible. In addition, commonsense thinking about race exerted a largely unexamined, but very strong, influence on popular interpretations of the Scripture.

Keywords:   Robert J. Breckinridge, Orestes Brownson, Frederick Douglass, J. H. C. Helmuth, Charles Hodge, race

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