By Edward L Queen II, Stephen R Prothero, Gardiner H Shattuck Jr., Fairfax M Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Modern Christianity Martin E Marty
This quantity charts new territory in its assurance of spiritual heritage and variety within the usa. greater than 800 entries, a hundred of which were further for this variation, define the various philosophers, personalities, social matters, and cultural histories of spiritual practices all through American historical past. distinct emphasis has been given to contemporary advancements in American non secular lifestyles and at the historic contributions of individuals lengthy missed by means of non secular historians, together with African american citizens, local americans, and girls.
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The Lord will be our God, and delight to dwell among us, as his oune people, and will command a blessing upon us in all our wayes. Soe that wee shall see much more of his wisdome, power, goodness and truthe, than formerly wee haue been acquainted with. ’ For wee must consider that wee shall be as a citty upon a hill. The eies of all people are uppon us. Soe that if wee shall deale falsely with our God in this worke wee haue undertaken, and soe cause him to withdrawe his present help from us, wee shall be made a story and a by-word through the world.
By the time of the American Revolution, the religious reality of British North America increasingly had begun to resemble a stew in which it was A Short History of Religion in America impossible to isolate and separate the various parts. As much as they might have desired and attempted to enforce uniformity, the magistrates were hindered by the sheer numbers of differing religious groups and the ease with which they could enter a colony. One additional point must be made, namely that by 1700, magistrates had come to deal fairly leniently with the violators of their religious laws.
The radical reformers are best represented in the United States by the Quakers and Anabaptist groups such as the Mennonites and Amish. Less directly, the Unitarians also have their roots in the Radical Reformation, tracing their historical lineage back to Michael Servetus and Faustus Socinus, both of whom rejected the teaching that Jesus was himself God. Throughout the European continent and in the British Isles, followers of Servetus and Socinus (Socinians) were persecuted for denying Jesus’ divinity.