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Spreading the Gospel in Colonial Virginia: Preaching Religion and Community Edward Bond

Spreading the Gospel in Colonial Virginia: Preaching Religion and Community

Edward Bond

Published December 3rd 2004
ISBN : 9780739107218
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Due to a perceived lack of resources, historians of colonial-era Virginia have generally heaped their attention on regional politics and virtually ignored the areas rich religious history. Even at a time of revived interest in Virginias religiousMoreDue to a perceived lack of resources, historians of colonial-era Virginia have generally heaped their attention on regional politics and virtually ignored the areas rich religious history. Even at a time of revived interest in Virginias religious atmosphere, few scholars have opted to examine what is perhaps one of the regions most valuable primary resources: sermon literature. Edward L. Bond offers a reappraisal of religions place in the colonies, fully chronicling as well as contextualizing the practice of religion and church activities in early America. He explains the inextricable ties between religious life and community life, setting the stage for sermons and original documents that color in a vibrant picture of life in the Virginia colony. The sermons appear as they do in the original, with all notes and marginalia intact. Bonds own notes provide definitions of obscure words and terms, explanations of arcane allusions, and references for unattributed citations. His commentary vastly enriches our appreciation not only of the texts, but also of their writers and the important role these clergymen played in shaping the young nation. Spreading the Gospel in Colonial Virginia is fascinating reading for armchair and professional historians alike, and is an ideal teaching tool for courses in early American history.