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Ideological Permutations

Mark A. Noll

in America's God

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151114
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834532 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195151119.003.0011
 Ideological Permutations

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The rise of a distinctly American theology came from Christian appropriation of a republican political vision, Christian confidence in commonsense moral reasoning, and Christian success at implementing evangelical religion in the culture of the new United States. But, as American political thought evolved from classical whig (and hierarchical) principles toward liberal (and populist) principles, so also did the American theology evolve in the direction of greater confidence in free will, personal initiative, and self‐guided interpretations of the Bible.

Keywords: commonsense moral reasoning; democratization; liberty; market reasoning; republicanism; virtue

Chapter.  7534 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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