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Sacred Borders: Continuing Revelation and Canonical Restraint in Early America

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Beschreibung

David Holland tells the stories of antebellum Americans who advocated the idea of an open canon, considering the place of cultural authority in a democratized society, the tension between subjective truths and communal standards, a rising historical consciousness, the expansion of print capitalism, and the principle of religious freedom.

Autorentext

David Holland graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University and received masters and doctoral degrees in History from Stanford University. He has held fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and Yale's Center for Religion and American Life. His work has appeared in such journals as The New England Quarterly, Law and History Review, and Gender and History. As an assistant professor, he is an award-winning teacher and director of graduate studies in the History Department at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.



Klappentext

"Why," an exasperated Jonathan Edwards asked, "can't we be contented with. . . the canon of Scripture?" Edwards posed this query to the religious enthusiasts of his own generation, but he could have just as appropriately put it to people across the full expanse of early American history. In the minds of her critics, Anne Hutchinson's heresies threatened to produce "a new Bible." Ethan Allen insisted that a revelation which spoke to every circumstance of life would require "a Bible of monstrous size." When the African-American prophetess Rebecca Jackson embarked on a spiritual journey toward Shakerism, she dreamt of a home in which she could find multiple books of scripture. Orestes Brownson explained to his skeptical contemporaries that the idea drawing him to Catholicism was the prospect of an "ever enlarging volume" of inspiration. Early Americans of every color and creed repeatedly confronted the boundaries of scripture. Some fought to open the canon. Some worked to keep it closed. Sacred Borders vividly depicts the boundaries of the biblical canon as a battleground on which a diverse group of early Americans contended over their differing versions of divine truth. Puritans, deists, evangelicals, liberals, Shakers, Mormons, Catholics, Seventh-day Adventists, and Transcendentalists defended widely varying positions on how to define the borders of scripture. Carefully exploring the history of these scriptural boundary wars, Holland offers an important new take on the religious cultures of early America. He presents a colorful cast of characters-including the likes of Franklin and Emerson along with more obscure figures--who confronted the intellectual tensions surrounding the canon question, such as that between cultural authority and democratic freedom, and between timeless truth and historical change. To reconstruct these sacred borders is to gain a new understanding of the mental world in which early Americans went about their lives and created their nation.



Zusammenfassung
Why, an exasperated Jonathan Edwards asked, cant we be contented with. . . the canon of Scripture? Edwards posed this query to the religious enthusiasts of his own generation, but he could have just as appropriately put it to people across the full expanse of early American history. In the minds of her critics, Anne Hutchinsons heresies threatened to produce a new Bible. Ethan Allen insisted that a revelation which spoke to every circumstance of life would require a Bible of monstrous size. When the African-American prophetess Rebecca Jackson embarked on a spiritual journey toward Shakerism, she dreamt of a home in which she could find multiple books of scripture. Orestes Brownson explained to his skeptical contemporaries that the idea drawing him to Catholicism was the prospect of an ever enlarging volume of inspiration. Early Americans of every color and creed repeatedly confronted the boundaries of scripture. Some fought to open the canon. Some worked to keep it closed. Sacred Borders vividly depicts the boundaries of the biblical canon as a battleground on which a diverse group of early Americans contended over their differing versions of divine truth. Puritans, deists, evangelicals, liberals, Shakers, Mormons, Catholics, Seventh-day Adventists, and Transcendentalists defended widely varying positions on how to define the borders of scripture. Carefully exploring the history of these scriptural boundary wars, Holland offers an important new take on the religious cultures of early America. He presents a colorful cast of characters-including the likes of Franklin and Emerson along with more obscure figures--who confronted the intellectual tensions surrounding the canon question, such as that between cultural authority and democratic freedom, and between timeless truth and historical change. To reconstruct these sacred borders is to gain a new understanding of the mental world in which early Americans went about their lives and created their nation.

Inhalt

1. ''A Bible with the Back Cover Torn Off'' 2. Policing the Borders, or, How Independent Ministers Rode the Canonical Range 3. Good Rulers and Better Books 4. Revelatory Factors of the Early Republic 5. Faith, Doubt and the Penning of Scripture 6. ''Arguments for the Possibility Are Good'' 7. Conclusion: A Border Breached, A God Sought, A Boundary Reinforced

Produktinformationen

Titel: Sacred Borders: Continuing Revelation and Canonical Restraint in Early America
Untertitel: Continuing Revelation and Canonical Restraint in Early America
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EAN: 9780199842520
ISBN: 978-0-19-984252-0
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Oxford University Press
Genre: Religion, Theologie
Anzahl Seiten: 304
Veröffentlichung: 02.02.2011
Jahr: 2011
Untertitel: Englisch