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Skepticism and American Faith
Skepticism and American Faith
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Between the American Revolution and the Civil War, the dialogue of religious skepticism and faith shaped struggles over the place of religion in politics. It produced different visions of knowledge and education in an enlightened society. It fueled social reform in an era of economic
transformation, territorial expansion, and social change. Ultimately, as Christopher Grasso argues in this definitive work, it molded the making and eventual unmaking of American nationalism.

Religious skepticism has been rendered nearly invisible in American religious history, which often stresses the evangelicalism of the era or the secularization said to be happening behind people's backs, or assumes that skepticism was for intellectuals and ordinary people who stayed away from
church were merely indifferent. Certainly the efforts of vocal infidels or freethinkers were dwarfed by the legions conducting religious revivals, creating missions and moral reform societies, distributing Bibles and Christian tracts, and building churches across the land. Even if few Americans
publicly challenged Christian truth claims, many more quietly doubted, and religious skepticism touched--and in some cases transformed--many individual lives. Commentators considered religious doubt to be a persistent problem, because they believed that skeptical challenges to the grounds of
faith--the Bible, the church, and personal experience--threatened the foundations of American society.

Skepticism and American Faith examines the ways that Americans--ministers, merchants, and mystics; physicians, schoolteachers, and feminists; self-help writers, slaveholders, shoemakers, and soldiers--wrestled with faith and doubt as they lived their daily lives and tried to make sense of their

About the Author:
Christopher Grasso is professor of history at the College of William and Mary and was the editor of the William and Mary Quarterly. He is the author of A Speaking Aristocracy: Transforming Public Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Connecticut and the editor of Bloody Engagements: John R. Kelso's Civil

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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780190494377
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publisher Imprint: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Height: 239 mm
  • No of Pages: 664
  • Spine Width: 41 mm
  • Width: 160 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0190494379
  • Publisher Date: 02 Jul 2018
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Weight: 1096 gr

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