Spreading the Gospel in Colonial Virginia: Preaching Religion and Community : with Selected Sermons and Other Primary Documents

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Edward L. Bond
Lexington Books, 2005 - Religion - 271 pages
Due to a perceived lack of resources, historians of colonial-era Virginia have generally heaped their attention on regional politics and virtually ignored the area's rich religious history. Even at a time of revived interest in Virginia's religious atmosphere, few scholars have opted to examine what is perhaps one of the region's most valuable primary resources: sermon literature. Edward L. Bond offers a reappraisal of religion's 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. Bond's 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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Brief History of Religion in Colonial Virginia
3
Documents
73
John Page A Deed of Gift to My Dear Son
75
James Blair Our Saviors Divine Sermon on the Mount
99
The Peacemakers
102
The Exemplariness of Our Good Works
110
General Observations on the Lords Prayer
118
Samuel Davies
159
The Duty of Christians to Propagate Their Religion among Heathens
176
Thomas Bacon Second Sermon on Colossians 41
199
William Dawson A Christmas Sermon
213
William Stith The Nature and Extent of Christs Redemption
219
Charles Clay Sermon on Canticles 213
235
The Baptist Perspective
247
The Virginia Chronicle
248

James Maury
129
Sermon Number 90
133
Sermon Number 130
141
Sermon Number 177
148
Selected Bibliography
265
About Edward L Bond
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Edward Bond is Associate Professor of History at Alabama A&M University.

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