Seers of God: Puritan Providentialism In The Restoration And Early Enlightenment by Michael P. WinshipSeers of God: Puritan Providentialism In The Restoration And Early Enlightenment by Michael P. Winship

Seers of God: Puritan Providentialism In The Restoration And Early Enlightenment

byMichael P. Winship

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Observing that intellectual changes within late-seventeenth-century Massachusetts Puritan culture closely paralleled changes within Puritan culture in England, Michael Winship re-examines one of the more nettlesome issues in the intellectual history of early New England. How did the logic Puritanism square itself with the increasingly hostile assumptions of the early Enlightenment? And, faced with a new intellectual world whose parameters were formed to a large extent in opposition to Puritanism, how did Puritans try to maintain credibility? In Seers of God, Winship's compelling analysis of topics ranging from theology to witchcraft places the problem of intellectual change fully in a transatlantic context.

Michael P. Winship is an associate professor of history at the University of Georgia.
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Title:Seers of God: Puritan Providentialism In The Restoration And Early EnlightenmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublisher:Johns Hopkins University Press

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ISBN - 10:0801863767

ISBN - 13:9780801863769

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This is an impressive book. It explores with subtlety one of those fascinating moments when the intricate connections between a certain kind of religious discourse shades into that outlook we connect with the Enlightenment, and discloses how rooted was the English Enlightenment in certain matters of theological discussion. As an exploration into a mentality, it is a test case in the analysis of 'Weberian disenchantment' and of a society struggling with cognitive disonance... Winship is especially strong in clarifying the political use of disenchantment and the political meaning of reason for Restoration Anglicans—seldom has a theological shift in its political context been so clearly delineated.