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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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The Long Life and Final Collapse of the Puritan Canopy

The Long Life and Final Collapse of the Puritan Canopy

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(p.31) 3 The Long Life and Final Collapse of the Puritan Canopy
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America's God
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Mark A. Noll (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195151119.003.0003

By 1750, a transition was beginning to take place in American Christianity. Americans began to replace traditional theology with public intellectual ideologies like republicanism and commonsense moral reasoning – views that had traditionally been seen as heterodox. This occurred in large parts because the traditional Puritan framework cracked and fragmented during the heated events of the colonial Great Awakening.

Keywords:   Anne Hutchinson, commonwealth, Jonathan Edwards, Great Awakening, Half‐Way Covenant, New England, Puritanism, Reformed theology

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