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The Puritan Family: Religion and Domestic Relations in Seventeenth-Century New England Revised & enlarged Edition
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And so Morgan's thesis is not that the Puritan's were ascetics or prudes- they weren't. Rather, their real fault lay in a sort of 'Christian tribalism', in the belief that since the elect in any generation were few in number anyway, they could avoid evangelism in favor of spiritual isolationism. Since the reasoned that the Church of one generation was generally comprised of the children of the last generation, their only real task was to preach to the choir. And so they fell into a decay of the soul that manifested itself as outward prosperity and inward apathy. Their zeal dissipated into mere trans-generational commercial institutionalism and snobbery. And so the foundation they laid down gradually faded into the overall fabric of a quickly growing Colonial society.
But in spite of their faults, the Puritans contributed a vast amount of effort and philosophy towards the make-up of American society today. And although they may be remembered for their obsessions with the devil and witches, they were not in fact the sum of their mistakes. It's easy to criticize in retrospect. Morgan's book helps provide a more thorough understanding of the why's and not just the what's of their history.Read more ›
It is one of Morgan's earliest works, and the concluding chapter sets the stage for his later "Visible Saints: The History of a Puritan Idea." No serious student of colonial New England can neglect this book, if only because of the enormous impact of its author.
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Great! Thanks--arrived in good order, good condition. (Good book!)Published 16 days ago by Joyce Burks
This book was so badly damage and wore , when I triedto turn the pages chucks of it were falling out. This book was not in readable condition, I ended up buying it on kindlePublished 21 months ago by Laura Bergman
If you are interested in early New England, this is a must have book. Actually all Morgan's works should be read.Published on January 3, 2014 by P. Alexander