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Author Middlekauff, Robert

Title The Mathers : three generations of Puritan intellectuals, 1596-1728 / Robert Middlekauff
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 1999


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 440 pages)
Contents Frontmatter -- Preface to the Paperback Edition -- Notes -- Preface -- Contents -- BOOK ONE. RICHARD MATHER (1596-1669): HISTORY -- BOOK TWO. INCREASE MATHER (1639-1723): TYPOLOGY -- BOOK THREE. COTTON MATHER (1663-1728): PROPHECY -- Notes -- Index
Summary In this classic work of American religious history, Robert Middlekauff traces the evolution of Puritan thought and theology in America from its origins in New England through the early eighteenth century. He focuses on three generations of intellectual ministers--Richard, Increase, and Cotton Mather--in order to challenge the traditional telling of the secularization of Puritanism, a story of faith transformed by reason, science, and business. Delving into the Mathers' private papers and unpublished writings as well as their sermons and published works, Middlekauff describes a Puritan theory of religious experience that is more creative, complex, and uncompromising than traditional accounts have allowed. At the same time, he portrays changing ideas and patterns of behavior that reveal much about the first hundred years of American life
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-427) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Mather, Richard, 1596-1669.
Mather, Increase, 1639-1723.
Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728.
Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728
Mather, Increase, 1639-1723
Mather, Richard, 1596-1669
Puritans -- Massachusetts -- Biography
RELIGION -- Christianity -- Presbyterian.
HISTORY -- United States -- General.
Intellectual life.
Massachusetts -- Intellectual life -- 17th century
Massachusetts -- Intellectual life -- 18th century
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780520923119