Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment
Popular Religious Belief in Early New England
By (author) David D. Hall
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Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment by David D. Hall
Book DescriptionThis book tells an extraordinary story of the people of early New England and their spiritual lives. It is about ordinary people--farmers, housewives, artisans, merchants, sailors, aspiring scholars--struggling to make sense of their time and place on earth. David Hall describes a world of religious consensus and resistance: a variety of conflicting beliefs and believers ranging from the committed core to outright dissenters. He reveals for the first time the many-layered complexity of colonial religious life, and the importance within it of traditions derived from those of the Old World. We see a religion of the laity that was to merge with the tide of democratic nationalism in the nineteenth century, and that remains with us today as the essence of Protestant America.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674962163
(235mm x 155mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 8-Nov-1990
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author David D. Hall
Faithful Shepherd, Paperback (May 2006)
Not only sustains a bold thesis about Americanization but also affords the reader one of the freshest and most comprehensive histories of the seventh century New England mind and society.
Witch-hunting in Seventeenth-century New England, Paperback (February 2005)
Illuminates the history of witchcraft and witch-hunting in seventeenth-century New England
Religious History of the American People, Paperback (July 2004)
Winner of the 1973 National Book Award in Philosophy and Religion and Christian Century's choice as the Religious Book of the Decade (1979), this text is now issued with a new chapter by noted religious historian David Hall, who carries the story of American religious history forward to the present day.
Puritans in the New World, Paperback (March 2004)» View all books by David D. Hall
The Puritans, in their own words, demonstrate the depth and variety of a culture that took root in New England in the 17th century.
US Kirkus Review » Using a wealth of primary materials, Hall (History/Boston U,; author of several books including The Faithful Shepherd: A History of the New England Ministry in the Seventeenth Century, 1972) lays open the intellectual world of 17th-century New England with a central focus on the "role of print culture in the making of popular religion." Though repetitious and sometimes ploddingly presented, this is, indeed, a "world of wonders," richer and more resonant than the popular notion of Puritan society. In his opening section, "The Uses of Literacy," Hall presents a society of near-universal literacy where most read the Bible, the model for all printed matter. Both printers and clergy tapped into the Bible's authority in their own writings, creating marketplace competition about truth. The battle over interpretation continued as well, with the learned and the laity contesting power. Hall shows us the persistent folklore of the people, mixing at all levels with piety, as they saw prophecy, catastrophes, and monstrous births all around. Here, again, the marketplace had its influence, competing to offer tales of wonders, blurring the line between sacred material and secular. Chapters entitled "The Meetinghouse" and "The Uses of Ritual" present the official practice of religion: the separation of the elect and their covenant, along with the despair and terror it inspired; the uses of fasts, thanksgiving, and the public spectacle of confession and execution. In "The Mental World of Samuel Sewall," Hall gives us a man representative of his time. Slow going, but still a significant contribution to the intellectual, popular, and religious history of America. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - David D. Hall
David D. Hall is John A. Bartlett Professor of New England Church History at Harvard Divinity School.
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