Conceived in Doubt Paperback

Religion and Politics in the New American Nation

by Amanda Porterfield;

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Conceived in Doubt

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Americans have long acknowledged a deep connection between evangelical religion and democracy in the early days of the republic. This is a widely accepted narrative that is maintained as a matter of fact and tradition - and in spite of evangelicalism's more authoritarian and reactionary aspects. In Conceived in Doubt, Amanda Porterfield challenges this standard interpretation of evangelicalism's relation to democracy and describes the intertwined relationship between religion and partisan politics that emerged in the formative era of the early republic. In the 1790s, religious doubt became common in the young republic as the culture shifted from mere skepticism toward darker expressions of suspicion and fear. But by the end of that decade, Porterfield shows, economic instability, disruption of traditional forms of community, rampant ambition, and greed for land worked to undermine heady optimism about American political and religious independence.
Evangelicals managed and manipulated doubt, reaching out to disenfranchised citizens as well as to those seeking political influence, blaming religious skeptics for immorality and social distress, and demanding affirmation of biblical authority as the foundation of the new American national identity. Porterfield demolishes the idea that evangelical growth in the early republic was the cheerful product of enthusiasm for democracy, and she creates for us a very different narrative of influence and ideals in the young republic.

Conceived in Doubt by Amanda Porterfield was published by The University of Chicago Press in May 2015. The ISBN for Conceived in Doubt is 9780226271965.

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Details for Conceived in Doubt

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherThe University of Chicago Press (May 2015)
Number of Pages264
Thickness15 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4319944
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