Histories of the Sacred and Secular, 1700-2000

Sectarianism and Orestes Brownson in the American Religious Marketplace

Authors: Cortés, Ángel

  • Explores the meaning of sectarianism in nineteenth-century America through Orestes Brownson’s life and writingsShows how religious mobility shaped belief in antebellum America and how people responded to religious choice and division
  • Offers a psychological portrait of Brownson and his approach to religious mobility
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This book reveals the origins of the American religious marketplace by examining the life and work of reformer and journalist Orestes Brownson (1803-1876). Grounded in a wide variety of sources, including personal correspondence, journalistic essays, book reviews, and speeches, this work argues that religious sectarianism profoundly shaped participants in the religious marketplace. Brownson is emblematic of this dynamic because he changed his religious identity seven times over a quarter of a century. Throughout, Brownson waged a war of words opposing religious sectarianism. By the 1840s, however, a corrosive intellectual environment transformed Brownson into an arch religious sectarian. The book ends with a consideration of several explanations for Brownson’s religious mobility, emphasizing the goad of sectarianism as the most salient catalyst for change. 

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Ángel Cortés is an Associate Professor of History at Holy Cross College, USA. Cortés holds degrees in Psychology, Religious Studies, and History.

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“This cogent, fluently written account illuminates the diversity of 19th century American society and religion through the surprising career of Orestes Brownson.  By turns a Universalist, Presbyterian, nonsectarian, Unitarian, and Transcendentalist, Brownson finally converted to Catholicism, but never escaped controversy.” (Daniel Walker Howe, author of Pulitzer-Prize-winning What Hath God Wrought:  The Transformation of America, 1815-1848)

“Orestes Brownson -- Presbyterian, Universalist, Freethinker, Transcendentalist, and finally Roman Catholic apologist -- has long puzzled historians of American religion and intellectual life. At times he appears no more than a smart and articulate shuttlecock, bouncing from creed to creed for his own idiosyncratic, ever-changing reasons. By placing Brownson in the context of the sectarian Protestant religious marketplace of pre-Civil War America, Angel Cortes allows us to grasp the coherent dynamic underlying the apparent instability of this major American intellectual.” (James Turner, Cavanaugh Professor of Humanities Emeritus, University of Notre Dame, USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Preface

    Cortés, Ángel

    Pages 1-5

  • An Age of ‘Crisis and Discontinuity’: Brownson’s Early Religious Confusion and Mobility

    Cortés, Ángel

    Pages 7-13

  • ‘A Sea of Sectarian Rivalries’: The Second Great Awakening and Religious Conflict

    Cortés, Ángel

    Pages 15-35

  • ‘I am Slave to no Sect’: Brownson’s Defense of Intellectual Freedom and Doubt

    Cortés, Ángel

    Pages 37-53

  • ‘I Wished to Unite Men’: A Vision of Religious Calm in the Midst of an Intellectual Storm

    Cortés, Ángel

    Pages 55-74

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sectarianism and Orestes Brownson in the American Religious Marketplace
Authors
Series Title
Histories of the Sacred and Secular, 1700-2000
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51877-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51877-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-51876-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 178
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