John Calvins American Legacy

Paperback | April 12, 2010

byThomas J. Davis

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John Calvin's American Legacy explores the ways Calvin and the Calvinist tradition have influenced American life. Though there are books that trace the role Calvin and Calvinism have played in the national narrative, they tend to focus, as books, on particular topics and time periods. Thiswork, divided into three sections, is the first to present studies that, taken together, represent the breadth of Calvinism's impact in the United States. In addition, each section moves chronologically, ranging from colonial times to the twenty-first century. After a brief introduction focused onthe life of Calvin and some of the problems involved in how he is viewed and studied, the volume moves into the first section - "Calvin, Calvinism, and American Society" - which looks at the economics of the Colonial period, Calvin and the American identity, and the evidence for Calvin's influenceon American democracy. The book's second section examines theology, addressing the relationship between Jonathan Edwards's church practice and Calvin's, the Calvinist theological tradition in the nineteenth century, how Calvin came to be understood in the historiography of Williston Walker and PerryMiller, and Calvin's influence on some of the theologies of the twentieth century. The third section, "John Calvin, Calvinism, and American Letters," looks at Calvinism's influence on such writers as Samson Occom, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Max Weber, Mark Twain, and John Updike. Altogether, this volumedemonstrates the wide-ranging impact of Calvin's thinking throughout American history and society.

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John Calvin's American Legacy explores the ways Calvin and the Calvinist tradition have influenced American life. Though there are books that trace the role Calvin and Calvinism have played in the national narrative, they tend to focus, as books, on particular topics and time periods. Thiswork, divided into three sections, is the first...

Thomas Davis is Professor and Chair in the Department of Religious Studies, and Thomas H. Lake Scholar in Religion and Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:April 12, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Thomas J. Davis: IntroductionSection I: John Calvin, Calvinism, and American Society1. Mark Valeri: Calvin and the Social Order in Early America: Moral Ideals and Transatlantic Empire2. David Little: Calvinism and American National Identity3. D. G. Hart: Implausible: Calvinism and American PoliticsSection II: John Calvin, Calvinism, and American Theology4. Amy Plantinga Pauw: Practical Ecclesiology in John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards5. Douglas A. Sweeney: "Falling Away from the General Faith of the Reformation"? The Contest over Calvinism in Nineteenth-Century America6. David D. Hall: Calvin and Calvinism within Congregational and Unitarian Discourse in Nineteenth-Century America7. Stephen D. Crocco: Whose Calvin, Which Calvinism? John Calvin and the Development of Twentieth-Century American TheologySection III: John Calvin, Calvinism, and American Letters8. Denise T. Askin: "Strange Providence": Indigenist Calvinism in the Writings of Mohegan Minister Samson Occom (1723-1792)9. Peter J. Thuesen: Geneva's Crystalline Clarity: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Max Weber on Calvinism and the American Character10. Joe B. Fulton: "Jonathan Edwards, Calvin, Baxter and Co.": Mark Twain and the Comedy of Calvinism11. Kyle A. Pasewark: Cold Comforts: John Updike, Protestant Thought and the Semantics of ParadoxConclusion John Calvin at "Home" in American Culture