[Ebook] The Last Puritans By Margaret Bendroth – Pccare247.us

The Last Puritans Congregationalists, The Oldest Group Of American Protestants, Are The Heirs Of New England S First Founders While They Were Key Characters In The Story Of Early American History, From Plymouth Rock And The Founding Of Harvard And Yale To The Revolutionary War, Their Luster And Numbers Have Faded But Margaret Bendroth S Critical History Of Congregationalism Over The Past Two Centuries Reveals How The Denomination Is Essential For Understanding Mainline Protestantism In The Making Bendroth Chronicles How The New England Puritans, Known For Their Moral And Doctrinal Rigor, Came To Be The Antecedents Of The United Church Of Christ, One Of The Most Liberal Of All Protestant Denominations Today The Demands Of Competition In The American Religious Marketplace Spurred Congregationalists, Bendroth Argues, To Face Their Distinctive History By Engaging Deeply With Their Denomination S Storied Past, They Recast Their Modern Identity The Soul Searching Took Diverse Forms From Letter Writing And Eloquent Sermonizing To Pilgrim Celebrating Thanksgiving Pageants As Congregationalists Renegotiated Old Obligations To Their Seventeenth Century Spiritual Ancestors The Result Was A Modern Piety That Stood A Respectful But Ironic Distance From The Past And Made A Crucial Contribution To The American Ethos Of Religious Tolerance.

[Ebook] The Last Puritans  By Margaret Bendroth – Pccare247.us
  • Paperback
  • 258 pages
  • The Last Puritans
  • Margaret Bendroth
  • 18 December 2017
  • 9781469624006

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  1. says:

    An oddly fascinating book about a determinedly staid organization, The Last Puritans traces how the Congregationalist church managed the transition from being the orthodox state church of Massachusetts to one of the most liberal critics would argue pallid and shapeless denominations out there today The key pivot in the story according to Bendroth was the adoption of the Pilgrim Puritan past with a good deal of handwaving the differences between the two away.At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the Congregationalists were profoundly unprepared for the competitive marketplace in Protestant denominations Two centuries as an officially state supported church will do that According to Bendroth, most of the Congregationalist churches in New England didn t even think of themselves in those terms they were just the church, or the First Church, everyone else had to give themselves a label This didn t fly all that well out west, where competition from Methodists, Presbyterians, and assorted evangelicals was fierce The Congregationalists came to identify themselves with the Puritans at around the same time the US, along with Europe, was discovering history as a field like we know it today, as the ninetee...


  2. says:

    Dr Margaret Bendroth, executive director of the Congregational Library and Archives in Boston, is a respected historian who has spent years up to her elbows in the historical details of America s founding religious tradition In this book she examines the ways Congregationalists, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries, have understood the significance of their antecedents, including New England s Pilgrims and Puritans the use they have made of that history the ways they have celebrated it, and sometimes failed to celebrate it and the impact those historical perspectives have had on the dynamics of ongoing denominational activity Congregationalists formed a main component of the present day United Church of Christ a denomination with a mixed record of struggle and success since its formation in 1957 One of Bendroth s most welcome achievements in this book is her nuanced and balanced account of the Great Merger Controversy of the mid 20th century that gave birth to the UCC and two other fellowships, the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference CCCC and the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches NACCC a conflict that still echoes in the ongoing historical consciousness of the three groups The Last Puritans is an excellent, informative, and even entertaining rea...


  3. says:

    Read for UCC Polity, Fall 2018 at Yale Divinity School.


  4. says:

    Not a history of Congregationalism but a history of how the Congregationalists have used their history, particularly the Pilgrim story She focuses on grassroots history, likely to quote anniversary sermons and the letters of lay people than denominational reports Plus she has a wonderful dry wit I...

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