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The Saving Remnant : RELIGION AND THE SETTLING OF NEW ENGLAND - Cedric B. Cowing

The Saving Remnant


Paperback Published: 30th June 2004
ISBN: 9780252064401
Number Of Pages: 368

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The great flight that brought colonists in the 1600s to what would become New England was a resettlement that had not only a geographical and spiritual impact, but an important historical impact as well. The influences of the settlers' English origins, and the fact that various religious groups inhabited specific areas of New England, strongly shaped American history through the 1800s and beyond.
Cedric Cowing demonstrates that there were two Englands, one evangelistic and one rationalistic. In the northwest of the British Isles was a society that was pastoral, westering, otherworldly, and revivalist--in the southeast was another, more established and mercantile. These two strains set the stage and powered the action for the biggest religious event of the eighteenth century--the Great Awakening.
The leaders of the New Light in the Great Awakening were the Saving Remnant, mostly ministers with liberal education who retained their evangelical and seeker religiosity. The clearly identifiable regional religious parallels between old England and New are still discernable today and give a new slant to heretofore unresolved historiographical issues. Cowing shows how regionalism influenced the nature of New England Puritanism and how the presence of a strong and persistent link between regional origins and religious behavior led to the inevitability of the Salem witch trials.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Saving Remnantp. 1
Southeast and Northwest Britain: Defining Culture and Religion for the Coloniesp. 11
Rowley and Hingham: Revivalism and Puritanism in the Massachusetts Bay Colonyp. 42
Witchcraft Executions in Salem: Southeast and Northwest Collidep. 68
Reason and Dissent in Britain: Preparing the Way for Evangelismp. 109
Wesley and Whitefield Triumph: The Methodist-Evangelical Revivalp. 129
Spreading Evangelism: The New Light Regions of Massachusetts and New Hampshirep. 164
Combining Geography with Culture: The New Light Regions of Connecticutp. 208
The Old Light Dominates: Eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Cape Codp. 243
The Old Light Persists: The Connecticut River Valleyp. 267
Conclusion: Looking toward the Futurep. 297
App. A. Methodologyp. 307
App. B. Harvard Graduates from Rowley and Hingham, to 1765p. 309
App. C. The Old Light Elitep. 311
App. D. The Saving Remnant Elitep. 314
App. E. Clergy Active in the Great Awakening with East Anglian Originsp. 317
App. F. Clergy Active in the Great Awakening with Other Southeast Originsp. 319
App. G. Clergy Active in the Great Awakening with Northwest Originsp. 323
App. H. Clergy Active in the Great Awakening from the Southeast but with Northwest Surnamesp. 327
Indexp. 331
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ISBN: 9780252064401
ISBN-10: 0252064402
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 30th June 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.14  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.56

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