Cosmos in the chaos : Philip Schaff's interpretation of nineteenth-century American religion /
Stephen R. Graham ; [foreword by Martin E. Marty].
Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans Pub., c1995.
xxv, 266 p. ; 23 cm.
0802808417 (pbk.)
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans Pub., c1995.
0802808417 (pbk.)
general note
Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Chicago, 1989.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-255) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Stephen R. Graham is associate professor of American church history at North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-04:
Since the centennial celebration of the American Society of Church History in 1988, Philip Schaff, the founder, has received much well-deserved attention. This book is the latest of at least four books on Philip Schaff since then. The author's excellent presentation concentrates on Schaff's views and visions of nineteenth-century religion in America, where he hoped that the unfinished Reformation would be completed in an age of "evangelical catholicism," his own vision of an ecumenical movement. Graham (North Park Theological Seminary) gives special attention to religious freedom, church and state, and the American nation. He is at his best when he explores the themes of church and state and the American nation. Graham closes with Schaff's ecumenical vision in "Evangelical-Catholic Christianity in America"--a vision that did not die with his death in 1893. Schaff's career in the US touched on everything of importance in religious history during the 19th century. Contemporary religious issues are creatively informed by this fine presentation of Schaff and his hopes for Christian cosmos, point omega of unity. Thorough bibliography and index enhance. Upper-division undergraduate; graduate; faculty. G. H. Shriver; Georgia Southern University
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This first in-depth treatment of Philip Schaff's analysis of religion in America examines the development of religion in the United States in the nineteenth century through the eyes of that period's foremost church historian.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Forewordp. xii
Prefacep. xvi
Religious Freedom and the Threat of Sectarianismp. 1
Schaff's German Backgroundp. 1
A Land So Free from Restraintp. 7
The Protestant Principle and Sectarian Divisionsp. 15
Rich Material for a New Creationp. 21
Americap. 28
Denominations vs. Sectsp. 34
Religious Freedom and the Threat of Romanismp. 45
Ecumenism on Trialp. 45
The Catholic Union with the Pastp. 51
The "Semi-Popish Doctrines" of the Tractariansp. 56
Professor Schaff's Poisonous Poperyp. 58
Romanism or Catholicism?p. 67
Religious Freedom and the Threat of Rationalismp. 73
The Abyss of Heathenismp. 73
Educating Americap. 81
Scholarship and the Churchp. 87
International Theological Nuncio and Mediatorp. 95
Evangelical-Catholic Historiographyp. 108
Church and Statep. 123
The Voluntary Systemp. 123
Mormons and Catholicsp. 127
"Christian" Americap. 134
Church and State in the United Statesp. 138
Connecting Linksp. 142
Shaping Christian Americap. 151
American Busynessp. 151
The Revivalist Stylep. 153
Drying Out the Alcoholic Republicp. 155
New York Sabbath Committeep. 159
Bible Revisionp. 168
The American Nationp. 177
A "Specifically American" National Characterp. 177
Go Forth Noble Saxon Tonguep. 184
Digesting the Nationsp. 187
Surmounting the "Unsurmountable Difference of Race"p. 190
America's Tendo-Achillesp. 195
Mysteries of Providencep. 206
Evangelical-Catholic Christianity in Americap. 209
Patriotism vs. Nationalismp. 209
Evangelical-Catholic Christianityp. 212
Publications as a Means to Reunionp. 219
American Religious Consensus?p. 222
One Flock, but Not One Foldp. 226
Union Despite Rugged Individualismp. 229
Epiloguep. 235
Selected Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 256
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