Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World

Lay Empowerment and the Development of Puritanism

Authors: Bremer, Francis

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A study of the rise and decline of puritanism in England and New England that focuses on the role of godly men and women. It explores the role of family devotions, lay conferences, prophesying and other means by which the laity influenced puritan belief and practice, and the efforts of the clergy to reduce lay power in the seventeenth century.

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Francis J. Bremer is Professor Emeritus of History at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, USA. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University, the University of Cambridge, and Trinity College. He has authored and edited a total of sixteen other books on puritanism in the Atlantic world, including the prize-winning John Winthrop: America's Forgotten Founding Father (2003) and Building a New Jerusalem: John Davenport, a Puritan in Three Worlds (2012).

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“This book’s spatial and temporal framework make it especially illuminating. Bremer is not the first historian to situate Puritanism in its transatlantic context, but he renders that context more useful by making it multidirectional.” (Shelby M. Balik, Journal of American History, Vol. 103 (1), June, 2016)

“Lay Empowerment, while drawing on some primary source material, predominantly assembles existing research in a useful new framework that emphasizes how central the laity were to the development of puritanism. … the study as a whole offers a valuable account of the lay contribution to puritanism’s coherence and dynamism across its diverse manifestations.” (Kate Narveson, American Historical Review, Vol. 121 (3), June, 2016)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Lay Empowerment and the Development of Puritanism
Authors
Series Title
Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-35289-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137352897
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-67497-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 239
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