The Religious Origins of American Pluralism
By (author) Chris Beneke
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Beyond Toleration by Chris Beneke
Book DescriptionThe legal changes that brought religious liberty to the United States have been thoroughly documented. But no one has explained how 18th-century Americans managed to accommodate the religious differences that had produced so much bloodshed in the past. Drawing on pamphlets and broadsides, newspaper exchanges, document collections, personal diaries, church records, and legislative journals, Chris Beneke shows how early Americans learned to live amid a great diversity of beliefs and modes of worship. He briefly summarizes the long history of persecution in Europe and America, and then examines the factors that contributed to the cultural revolution that took place in the realm of ideas and public norms in America. Beneke is the first to offer a systematic explanation of how a people who still cared deeply about the fate of their immortal souls could manage to live with those who held significantly different beliefs about God and the church - in other words, how Americans learned to live with differences in matters of the highest importance to them, and found a way to articulate these differences without offense.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195382662
(234mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 29-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Chris Beneke
Profane, Hardback (September 2014)
Humans have been uttering profane words and incurring the consequences for millennia. This volume examines the profound difficulties blasphemy raises for modern societies.
Beyond Toleration, Hardback (October 2006)» View all books by Chris Beneke
At its founding, the United States was a religiously diverse place. This book tells how American culture was transformed to accommodate the religious differences within it. It offers an explanation of how early Americans found a way to articulate these differences civilly, and describes how US moved past toleration and towards religious pluralism.
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Author Biography - Chris Beneke
Chris Beneke is Assistant Professor of History at Bentley College in Waltham, MA. He received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
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