Religion and Reading in Early America

David Paul Nord

in Faith in Reading

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195173116
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835683 | DOI:

Series: Religion in America

 Religion and Reading in Early America

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This chapter discusses the historical context that produced an entrepreneur of religion and reading such as missionary Samuel Mills. It describes how the interplay of Protestant doctrine and New England family and social organizations nurtured a linking for print. Although early Puritans did not believe that God’s grace could be summoned by human agency, they did believe that reading the word was a means through humankind received God’s grace.

Keywords: religion; reading; Protestants; New England; Puritans; Bible

Chapter.  5643 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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