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Title:
Sectarianism and Orestes Brownson in the American Religious Marketplace
Author:
Cortés, Ángel. author.
ISBN:
9783319518770
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Physical Description:
X, 178 p. online resource.
Series:
Histories of the Sacred and Secular, 1700-2000
Contents:
Prologue -- Chapter One: An Age of ‘Crisis and Discontinuity’: Brownson’s Early Religious Confusion & Mobility -- Chapter Two: ‘A Sea of Sectarian Rivalries’: The Second Great Awakening & Religious Conflict -- Chapter Three: ‘I Am Slave to No Sect’: Defense of Intellectual Freedom & Doubt -- Chapter Four: ‘I Wished to Unite Men’: A Vision of Religious Calm in the Midst of an Intellectual Storm -- Chapter Five: ‘We Must Have Clothing and a Shelter’: Search for a Religious Home -- Chapter Six: ‘We Are Ourselves Too Polemical’: Formation of a Rhetorical Pugilist -- Chapter Seven: ‘A Dangerous and Pestilent Fellow’: Return to Religious Liberalism -- Chapter Eight: ‘An Uncompromising Catholic and a Thoroughgoing Papist’: End of a Long Journey -- Epilogue.
Abstract:
This book reveals the origins of the American religious marketplace by examining the life and work of reformer and journalist Orestes Brownson (1803-1876). Grounded in a wide variety of sources, including personal correspondence, journalistic essays, book reviews, and speeches, this work argues that religious sectarianism profoundly shaped participants in the religious marketplace. Brownson is emblematic of this dynamic because he changed his religious identity seven times over a quarter of a century. Throughout, Brownson waged a war of words opposing religious sectarianism. By the 1840s, however, a corrosive intellectual environment transformed Brownson into an arch religious sectarian. The book ends with a consideration of several explanations for Brownson’s religious mobility, emphasizing the goad of sectarianism as the most salient catalyst for change. .
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