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After Jonathan EdwardsThe Courses of the New England Theology$
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Oliver D. Crisp and Douglas A. Sweeney

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199756292

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756292.001.0001

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The New England Theology in New England Congregationalism

The New England Theology in New England Congregationalism

(p.164) (p.165) 12 The New England Theology in New England Congregationalism
After Jonathan Edwards

Charles Hambrick-Stowe

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes how the “light” of Edwardsian theology was “refracted” within the life of Congregational churches and institutions in New England and the New England diaspora from the late-eighteenth through the nineteenth centuries. Mapping its influence among Congregational pastors, educators, editors, publishers, and mission agency leaders, the chapter explores the movement’s importance in constructing a distinctively Congregationalist identity within the broader religious milieu of the rapidly expanding United States. During this era in which a new type of ecclesial organization emerged in America in the form of the modern denomination, the New England Theology provided a foundation on which to construct the idea of a Congregational denomination with a national mission. The New England Theology fueled institutional development that gave structure to Congregational denominationalism and helped distinguish Congregationalism within the American denominational marketplace.

Keywords:   New England diaspora, pastors, educators, editors, publishers, mission agency leaders, Congregationalism, New England Theology, Jonathan Edwards

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