“A Bible with the Back Cover Torn Off”

David F. Holland

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Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199753611
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895113 | DOI:

Series: Religion in America

“A Bible with the Back Cover Torn Off”

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This chapter lays out some of the ways both early Christians and modern Americans have dealt with the matter of defining a scriptural canon. It also considers the writings of a pair of prominent English thinkers—Francis Bacon and Thomas Hobbes—who dealt with the problem of canonicity during the early stages of British colonization of North America. Finally, it provides a justification for why a treatment of the canon debates in colonial America and the early United States, 1620–1860, is both appropriate and valuable.

Keywords: open canon; Montanus; Francis Bacon; Thomas Hobbes; gay marriage; congregationalism

Chapter.  6460 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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