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Undomesticated Dissent: Democracy and the Public Virtue of Religious Nonconformity Hardcover – August 1, 2017
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"This is a groundbreaking book in Baptist studies, bringing new perspectives as the author sets Baptist life in the wider context of dissent, both past and present. He admirably succeeds in distilling a great deal of learned commentary on traditions of dissent into a flowing argument which grips the reader's interest and provokes thought about Baptist dissenting identity in the modern world. The book itself, like its subject matter, has the character of a prophetic word."―Paul S. Fiddes, Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Oxford
"In this eloquent and timely book, Curtis Freeman reminds us that protecting the right to dissent is both a civic and sacred duty. Freeman traces the roots of certain traditions of dissent, with a particular focus on the work and witness of John Bunyan, Daniel Defoe and William Blake. He rightly argues that commitments to protect the right to protest against prevailing secular and religious orders have not only admirably respected liberty of conscience, they have also strengthened the institutions of church and state. All who care about the health of nations and the integrity of faith will want to read this important book."―Melissa Rogers, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
"A lively and captivating study of seventeenth-century nonconformity and its afterlives, Undomesticated Dissent attends foremost to the creative power of dissent in theology, politics, and fiction, as well as its import to communities of resistance across the globe. Refusing to surrender diverse nonconformist projects to the past, Freeman looks forward to their postapocalyptic future, urging readers to reconsider the history as well as the ongoing work of dissent. This is an ambitious and important book that offers a vital alternative political imaginary."―Russ Leo, Assistant Professor of English, Princeton University
"Protestant Dissent has been a powerful countercurrent within English-speaking culture, but it is often poorly understood. Curtis Freeman illuminates the tradition through absorbing case studies of three iconic writers: John Bunyan, Daniel Defoe, and William Blake. Each study explores their sources, their most famous text―Pilgrim's Progress, Robinson Crusoe, and Jerusalem―and their reception. Weaving together history, literature, and theology, this book offers a rich account of an important subject. It makes a compelling case for rediscovering dissent as a living tradition."―John Coffey, Professor of Early Modern History, University of Leicester
About the Author
Curtis W. Freeman is Research Professor of Theology and Director of the Baptist House of Studies at Duke Divinity School.