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

The First American Evangelical: A Short Life of Cotton Mather

Rick Kennedy

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ISBN : 9780802872111
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168 pages
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Cotton Mather (1663-1728) was Americas most famous pastor and scholar at the beginning of the eighteenth century. People today generally associate him with the infamous Salem witch trials, but that picture has mostly come down to us from oneMoreCotton Mather (1663-1728) was Americas most famous pastor and scholar at the beginning of the eighteenth century. People today generally associate him with the infamous Salem witch trials, but that picture has mostly come down to us from one unreliable, antagonistic source. This biography by Rick Kennedy, based largely on new research by an international team of scholars, corrects misconceptions of Cotton Mather and focuses on the way he tried 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.