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Head and Heart: American Christianities Hardcover – October 4, 2007
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For full disclosure I must note that I am a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) who considers himself agnostic on religion. I am, however, sympathetic to Buddhism, as well as the more compassionate streams of thought in all religions. I have had some contact as a representative of my Meeting with a number of other religious groups. Finally I am also a professional biological scientist. My background does in no way give me special insight to review this book, but it does warn the reader of my own possible biases.
It is, in fact, hard to review this over 600 page book with its many notes and do justice to its depth. Wills has researched his subject thoroughly and gives us the whole panoply of religious thought from the Puritans to the recent ascendancy of the televangelists and talk show ministers.Read more ›
There is a wealth of information in this book and although I've read fairly extensively on American religious history in the past I learned a great deal. Wills illumines nearly every religious epoch that he discusses, from the Puritans to the Enlightenment Deists who founded the country to the crucial figures of the Second Great Awakening to the Transcendentalists to the Civil War to the beginnings of the evangelical movement to the Social Gospel to today's religious right. My own position to all this is complex.Read more ›
Wills demonstrates that the rise of religious tolerance in colonial America was not a foregone conclusion that we can gleam from our history textbooks.Read more ›
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This is a history of the major movements in the Christian religion in the United States, starting with the Puritans and moving forward to the modern day. Read morePublished 10 months ago by manndrake
A great look at history. Well written and easy to read, it also presents an interesting look at our legal system.Published on May 20, 2014 by Doris S COLE
When I was in grade school, they didn't teach us much about religion in the US.
And no wonder. Read more
I purchased this book because it had caught me attention several years ago and it was on my list to read. Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by Eric Bierker
I will begin by stating that I am only halfway through the book at this point, and I plan to return and edit this review once I've finished it. Read morePublished on March 9, 2012 by R. M. Lozano
Your head may ache from Garry Wills' lengthy quotes and minute analysis. Your heart may suffer acid reflux from the bitter bile sometimes spewn at the religious right in his book's... Read morePublished on January 23, 2012 by Anthony G Pizza
"We remonstrate against the said Bill,...3. Because it is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. Read morePublished on December 18, 2011 by Ash Ryan
Gary Wills, a distinguished scholar in this field, provides readers with a lively round-up of American church history, from the Great Awakening of the 1730s to today's... Read morePublished on September 6, 2011 by RBourne
Wills explores in great detail the streams of thought in religion and philosophy behind the American Revolution and the founding of the American Republic. Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by Orville B. Jenkins