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The National Protest: Beginning in the Middle

William M. Shea

in The Lion and the Lamb

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195139860
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835232 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195139860.003.0005
 The National Protest: Beginning in the Middle

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William Nevins wrote a series of essays against the Catholic Church in the midst of the first great outbreak of antipopery in America. It is argued that Nevins represents The Outline, the evangelical myth organized in doctrinal rather than narrative categories, fit to appear as a tightly argued and properly ordered bill of particulars against Catholicism. American evangelical polemic against Catholic belief displays all the characteristics of a “tradition”. The tradition imposes a table of contents and a supply of arguments that vary little from author to author, decade to decade, and century to century.

Keywords: William Nevins; Catholic Church; antipopery; Catholicism; religion

Chapter.  9202 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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