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Beyond Toleration: The Religious Origins of American Pluralism

Chris Beneke


Drawing on pamphlets and broadsides, newspaper exchanges, document collections, personal diaries, church records, and legislative journals, this book engages the question of how early Americans learned to live amid a great diversity of beliefs and modes of worship. It begins by explaining how the right of private judgment gained the status of an unquestioned assumption, and then recounts how the print trade expanded the meaning of this right, and a series of religious revivals transformed it. Beyond Toleration chronicles the subtle changes in public language and social behavior that occurred a ... More

Keywords: religion, liberty, pluralism, United States, eighteenth century, persecution, belief, churches, diversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195305555
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195305558.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Beneke, author
Bentley College
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