A Divinity for All Persuasions Paperback

Almanacs and Early American Religious Life

by T. J. Tomlin;

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A Divinity for All Persuasions

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A Divinity for All Persuasions uncovers the religious signifiance of early America's most ubiquitous popular genre. Other than a Bible and perhaps a few schoolbooks and sermons, almanacs were the only printed items most Americans owned before 1820. Purchased annually, the almanac was a calendar and astrologically-based medical handbook surrounded by poetry, essays, anecdotes, and a variety of practical information. Employing a wealth of archival material, T.J. Tomlin analyzes the pan-Protestant sensibility distributed through the almanac's pages between 1730 and 1820. By disseminating a collection of Protestant concepts regarding God's existence, divine revelation, the human condition, and the afterlife, almanacs played an unparalleled role in early American religious life. Influenced by readers' opinions and printers' pragmatism, the religious content of everyday print supports an innovative interpretation of early American cultural and religious history. In sharp contrast to a historiography centered on intra-Protestant competition, Tomlin shows that most early Americans relied on a handful of Protestant "essentials" rather than denominational specifics to define and organize their religious lives.

A Divinity for All Persuasions by T. J. Tomlin was published by Oxford University Press Inc in May 2017. The ISBN for A Divinity for All Persuasions is 9780190669584.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherOxford University Press Inc (May 2017)
Number of Pages240
Thickness15 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4492921
Page last updated 25th January 2018
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