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The First American Evangelical Grace and Truth Books
  • ISBN: 9780-8028-72111
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Page Count: 176
  • Publisher: Eerdmans

The First American Evangelical: A Short Life of Cotton Mather (Rick Kennedy)

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Cotton Mather (1663-1728) was America’s most famous pastor and scholar at the beginning of the 18th century. People today generally associate him with the infamous Salem witch trials, but in this new biography Rick Kennedy tells a bigger story: Mather, he says, was the very first American evangelical.

Here’s a fresh retelling of Cotton Mather’s life. This biography corrects misconceptions and focuses on how Mather sought to promote, socially and intellectually, a biblical lifestyle. As older Puritan hopes in New England were giving way to a broader and shallower Protestantism, Mather led a populist, Bible-oriented movement that embraced the new century — the beginning of a dynamic evangelical tradition that eventually became a major force in American culture.

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The First American Evangelical

A Short Life of Cotton Mather

Cotton Mather (1663-1728) was America’s most famous pastor and scholar at the beginning of the 18th century. People today generally associate him with the infamous Salem witch trials, but in this new biography Rick Kennedy tells a bigger story: Mather, he says, was the very first American evangelical.

Here’s a fresh retelling of Cotton Mather’s life. This biography corrects misconceptions and focuses on how Mather sought to promote, socially and intellectually, a biblical lifestyle. As older Puritan hopes in New England were giving way to a broader and shallower Protestantism, Mather led a populist, Bible-oriented movement that embraced the new century — the beginning of a dynamic evangelical tradition that eventually became a major force in American culture.

Kennedy includes the latest scholarly research on New England Puritanism, but still writes for a popular audience in The First American Evangelical and thus brings Cotton Mather and his world to life in a way that helps readers understand both the Puritanism in which he grew up and the evangelicalism he pioneered.

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