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By Luigi Giussani

ISBN-10: 0773541977

ISBN-13: 9780773541979

In American Protestant Theology, Luigi Giussani strains the heritage of the main significant theological expressions and the cultural value of yank Protestantism, from its origins in seventeenth-century Puritanism to the Nineteen Fifties. Giussani clarifies and assesses components of Protestantism similar to the democratic method of Church-State family members, "The nice Awakening," Calvinism and Trinitarianism, and liberalism. His wealthy references and analytical descriptions reconstruct an summary of the advance of a faith that has nice significance within the context of non secular existence and American tradition. He additionally screens complete recognize for the spiritual intensity from which Protestantism used to be born and the place it may well succeed in, and expresses nice admiration for its so much famous thinkers and religious leaders, together with Jonathan Edwards, Horace Bushnell, Walter Rauschenbusch, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Paul Tillich. extra testomony to Giussani's clear-minded and accomplished wisdom of Christianity, American Protestant Theology makes the paintings of a grasp theologian on hand in English for the 1st time.

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The theologian who dominated the first Puritan period in New England, however, was John Cotton (1584–1652). After a complete academic curriculum at Cambridge University, he had been a very well known preacher in the Church of Saint Rodolph in Boston, Lincolnshire, until his flight to America in 1633, in order to avoid the heavy hand of Bishop Laud, a persecutor of nonconformists. In the “second Boston,” he would become the key personality of religious and cultural life, the perfect interpreter of Calvinist Puritanism.

Of Faith, II. Twelve Fundamental Articles of Christian Religion, III. A Doctrinal Conclusion, IV. 8 (a 1659 edition of two other preceding redactions of sermons dating back to 1636); The Covenant of God’s Free Grace (1645); and above all, The Way of the Congregational Churches Cleared (1648). indb 6 2013-07-31 14:02:03 Puritan Origins 7 This leads to an understanding of the two characteristics that qualify Puritan theology at its origins: the stature of the ecclesiological problem in relation to social life as a whole and the pragmatic attitude.

The second aspect of this religious phenomenology is our “capacity for freedom,” which according to Niebuhr makes us “responsible creatures in nature,” with a rational capacity. As with Edwards, this is our capacity to reflect, empirically and experientially, on our own experience (20). In a concise summary of Niebuhr’s thought Giussani writes, “Historical knowledge and awareness of what exists are ultimately the same event. Precisely because the essential and absolute originality of freedom represents the substance of the object for both of them; and it is by memory that those cognitive moments are constituted” (155).

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