The First American Evangelical: A Short Life of Cotton Mather, 1st Edition

  • Rick Kennedy
  • Published By: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
  • ISBN-10: 1467443107
  • ISBN-13: 9781467443104
  • DDC: 285.8092
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade - College Senior
  • 176 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released April 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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Overview

An accurate, sympathetic account of influential colonial Christian leader Cotton Mather (1663-1728), who was America's most famous pastor and scholar in the early eighteenth century. He is generally associated with the infamous Salem witch trials, but in this new biography Rick Kennedy makes it evident that Mather was the very first American evangelical. A fresh retelling of Cotton Mather's life, this biography corrects misconceptions and focuses on how he sought to promote a biblical lifestyle. As Puritanism in New England was giving way to a broader and shallower Protestantism, Mather led a populist, Bible-oriented movement - the beginning of a dynamic evangelical tradition that eventually became a major force in American culture. Incorporating the latest scholarly research but written for a popular audience, this book brings Cotton Mather and his world to life in a way that helps readers understand both the Puritanism in which he grew up and the evangelicalism he pioneered.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Library of Religious Biography.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication.
Contents.
Preface.
1: The Last Decades of Puritan Boston 1663–1674.
2: Cambridge: City of Books in the Republic of Letters 1674–1681.
3: Listening for a Call 1681–1688.
4: Entanglements of Church and State 1688–1698.
5: The Birth of the American Evangelical Tradition 1698–1707.
6: A Biblical Enlightenment 1707–1713.
7: The Practice at the Top of Christianity 1713–1728.
Acknowledgments and Bibliography.
The Cotton Mather Trail: A Walking Tour in Boston Connected to the Freedom Trail.
Index.

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Author Bio

Rick Kennedy

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