The book probes the theological writings of the first couple centuries of nation. The thesis is that classical biblical and dogmatic doctrines are interwoven with republican ideology. The Protestant theologians of the pre-Civil War period were, thus, rather nationalistic and slipped into belief in America's virtual election (along side ancient Israel). The Civil War presented this brand of theology with such serious problems that it lost its vitality after the war. Abraham Lincoln is a kind of climax of this tradition, but he actually deviated from the dominant modes of theological thinking of Protestants.
Noll's work is so expansive, so detailed that is may be best consumed piecemeal. America's God spends most of its time exploring the relationship between classical, republican values and Christianity in the social and political context of the early republic. In so doing, it includes significant historical background of all the major Protestant denominations and fairly detailed profiles of various major figures, such as Jonathan Edwards. It is very dense and very rich, though the organizational structure is a bit complicated. The extensive bibliography is a wonderful resource.
One of the best books I ever read. Well-researched. Treats a vast number of historical figures with even-handed clarity. This book is a gateway into understanding the culture of American Religion as it has developed throughout the years.
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