Awash in a Sea of Faith Christianizing the American People Challenging the formidable tradition that places early New England Puritanism at the center of the American religious experience Yale historian Jon Butler offers a new interpretation of three hundred

  • Title: Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People
  • Author: Jon Butler
  • ISBN: 9780674056015
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • Challenging the formidable tradition that places early New England Puritanism at the center of the American religious experience, Yale historian Jon Butler offers a new interpretation of three hundred years of religious and cultural development Butler stresses the instability of religion in Europe where state churches battled dissenters, magic, and astonishingly low churcChallenging the formidable tradition that places early New England Puritanism at the center of the American religious experience, Yale historian Jon Butler offers a new interpretation of three hundred years of religious and cultural development Butler stresses the instability of religion in Europe where state churches battled dissenters, magic, and astonishingly low church participation He charts the transfer of these difficulties to America, including the failure of Puritan religious models, and describes the surprising advance of religious commitment there between 1700 and 1865 Through the assertion of authority and coercion, a remarkable sacralization of the prerevolutionary countryside, advancing religious pluralism, the folklorization of magic, and an eclectic, syncretistic emphasis on supernatural interventionism, including miracles, America emerged after 1800 as an extraordinary spiritual hothouse that far eclipsed the Puritan achievement even as secularism triumphed in Europe.Awash in a Sea of Faith ranges from popular piety to magic, from anxious revolutionary war chaplains to the cool rationalism of James Madison, from divining rods and seer stones to Anglican and Unitarian elites, and from Virginia Anglican occultists and Presbyterians raised from the dead to Jonathan Edwards, Joseph Smith, and Abraham Lincoln Butler deftly comes to terms with conventional themes such as Puritanism, witchcraft, religion and revolution, revivalism, millenarianism, and Mormonism His elucidation of Christianity s powerful role in shaping slavery and of a subsequent African spiritual holocaust, with its ironic result in African Christianization, is an especially fresh and incisive account.Awash in a Sea of Faith reveals the proliferation of American religious expression not its decline and stresses the creative tensions between pulpit and pew across three hundred years of social maturation Striking in its breadth and deeply rooted in primary sources, this seminal book recasts the landscape of American religious and cultural history.

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    1. This is an abbreviated review. The full review can be found here: librarything/work/3351IntroductionPaints a picture of early American religion that was every bit as "bumptious and complex" as the latter day manifestations at the time of his writing this book. To show this, he takes us beyond "familiar themes of New England Calvinism, evangelicalism, voluntarism and declining religious adherence." (p.1) Butler's themes are complexity, diversity and process. Magic and Occult practice are certainl [...]

    2. Butler tackles three centuries (1550-1865) of American religiosity in this book with the goal of constructing a more complex history than is often presented. His interest is not in perpetuating the Puritan lore, but instead to focus on what he sees as the eclectic religious tapestry of America. He emphasizes the importance of authority, both religious and secular, in forming American religious practice and history. Published before Finke and Stark's seminal work, The Churching of America, Butler [...]

    3. Jon Butler's work on American (but not Native American) religion up to the Civil War presents an unusual but fruitful combination of narrative, quantitative data, and a near-anthropological approach to popular religion. Since Butler's thesis is that the origins of American religion cannot be reduced to a homogenous New England Puritanism, the first chapter is a summary of the complexity of religion in Europe. The summary is so good I might assign it as a reading for high school or college studen [...]

    4. A groundbreaking work in American religious history, and one of the best books I read during my comps. A compelling argument delivered convincingly and in lucid prose. Can't recommend enough.

    5. Jon Butler's Awash in a Sea of Faith is a compendium of ideas organized around the concept of Christianization and focused primarily on the intellectual and cultural history surrounding American colonial religion. Through the use of lectures, sermons and almanacs, Butler provides a brief review of religion in the United States from the early 17th century up to the Civil War in order to question the prevailing scholarship supporting early American Protestantism. He ultimately believes that Americ [...]

    6. In Jon Butler’s Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People, the author “proposes that we attach less importance to Puritanism as the major force in shaping religion in America and more importance to the religious eclecticism that has long been prominent” (2). Countering the powerful myth—most famously perpetuated by Robert Baird and Stephen Colwell in the 1850s—that America had been a uniformly Christian nation since its colonial beginnings, Butler demonstrates how foc [...]

    7. The scope of Jon Butler’s Awash in a Sea of Faith is extremely impressive. Butler examines religious life in all the colonies that would become part of the United States, from the early 17th century all the way to the Civil War, and provides a fascinating survey of an early America that was perhaps not as devoutly Protestant as some historians would have us believe. Though the diversity of the colonies and the long sweep of time make a coherent narrative seem improbable, Butler manages to asse [...]

    8. One of my high school friends, Walt Wallace, went on to study American history in college and graduate schools, writing a lengthy thesis on the religious beliefs of colonial soldiers during the revolution. I'd been with him on some of his research to the archives of libraries in Illinois and Wisconsin and actually read the finished product while staying at the apartment he shared with Arthur Kazar near Northern Illinois University where I was to take the GRE. Being interested in American history [...]

    9. Butler does a wonderful job demonstrating that America as a "Christian nation" is quite overstated. I particularly enjoyed his exploration of lingering witch-type practices in culture that is nominally Christian. An academic book, but certainly readable by anyone with a deep interest in American religion. More comments may be found on my blog: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.

    10. Butler emphasizes a Christian ascension and greater religious pluralism before the great awakening, which he discounts.

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