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Assumptions and Assertions of American Theology

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/10.1093/0195151119.003.0012
 Assumptions and Assertions of American Theology

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In the early nineteenth century, a great deal of diversity existed in American theology. Nevertheless, despite substantial differences, American religious thinkers during this period were dominated by Christians – mostly Protestants – and emphasized commonsense republican understandings of authority over against traditional standards. Even in disagreements, the commonsense republican approach to Christianity set the boundaries for dispute.

Keywords: W. G. Brownlow; Alexander Campbell; Charles G. Finney; James R. Graves; Landmarkism; James Marsh; John Williamson Nevin; Henry Boynton Smith; Elias Smith; theistic common sense; Francis Wayland

Chapter.  12749 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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