Wheat and Tares

Dan McKanan

in Identifying the Image of God

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195145328
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834471 | DOI:

Series: Religion in America

Wheat and Tares

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Examines the rediscovery of imago dei theology by early nineteenth‐century liberal theologians, most especially William Ellery Channing and other Unitarians. This theology was fleshed out by such sentimental novelists as Catharine Sedgwick, Lydia Maria Child, Eliza Buckminster Lee, and Eliza Sigourney, particularly in their historical fiction on the Puritans. For these writers, Puritan violence against Native Americans and witches was rooted in a false theology that saw God's presence more in the violence of history than in the loving affections of individuals.

Keywords: Channing; Lydia Maria Child; historical fiction; Lee; liberal theology; Native Americans; Puritans; Sedgwick; Sigourney; Unitarians

Chapter.  20604 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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