The New England Theology in New England Congregationalism

Charles Hambrick-Stowe

in After Jonathan Edwards

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199756292
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950379 | DOI:
The New England Theology in New England Congregationalism

Show Summary Details


This chapter describes how the “light” of Edwardsian theology was “refracted” within the life of Congregational churches and institutions in New England and the New England diaspora from the late-eighteenth through the nineteenth centuries. Mapping its influence among Congregational pastors, educators, editors, publishers, and mission agency leaders, the chapter explores the movement’s importance in constructing a distinctively Congregationalist identity within the broader religious milieu of the rapidly expanding United States. During this era in which a new type of ecclesial organization emerged in America in the form of the modern denomination, the New England Theology provided a foundation on which to construct the idea of a Congregational denomination with a national mission. The New England Theology fueled institutional development that gave structure to Congregational denominationalism and helped distinguish Congregationalism within the American denominational marketplace.

Keywords: New England diaspora; pastors; educators; editors; publishers; mission agency leaders; Congregationalism; New England Theology; Jonathan Edwards

Chapter.  5446 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.