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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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Theistic Common Sense

Theistic Common Sense

(p.93) 6 Theistic Common Sense
America's God

Mark A. Noll (Contributor Webpage)

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By 1790, American Christians also embraced the “new moral philosophy,” a way of understanding their faith through “commonsense moral reasoning.” Because they came to believe that God had created humans with a capacity for moral reasoning, American Christians largely gave up the traditional, hierarchical arbiters of truth found in the established churches of Europe and took into their own hands the determination of religious truth and control of the churches.

Keywords:   commonsense moral reasoning, Jonathan Edwards, Francis Hutcheson, Samuel Johnson, Puritans, Thomas Reid, Samuel Stanhope Smith

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