The Religion-Supported State: Piety and Politics in Early National New England (Hardcover)

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Between 1776 and 1850, the people, politicians, and clergy of New England transformed the relationship between church and state. They did not simply replace their religious establishments with voluntary churches and organizations. Instead, as they collided over disestablishment, Sunday laws, and antislavery, they built the foundation of what the author describes as a religion-supported state. Religious tolerance and pluralism coexisted in the religion-supported state with religious anxiety and controversy. Questions of religious liberty were shaped by public debates among evangelicals, Unitarians, Universalists, deists, and others about the moral implications of religious truth and error. The author traces the shifting, situational political alliances they constructed to protect the moral core of their competing truths. New England's religion-supported state still resonates in the United States in the twenty-first century.

About the Author

Nathan S. Rives is instructor in the Department of History at Weber State University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781793655240
ISBN-10: 1793655243
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 2022
Pages: 292
Language: English