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A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith

Un libro in lingua di Winner Lauren F. edito da Yale Univ Pr, 2010

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"How do you capture the nature of Anglican piety in colonial Virginia? Lauren Winner does it by linking household objects to theological and devotional books and religious practice. Her astute analysis takes us to the heart of eighteenth-century Anglican religion---in Virginia's houses where the needlework, walnut tables, prayer books, and silver bowls she examines once resided. The result is a landmark work in material culture and religious studies scholarship." Richard Lyman Bushman, author of The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities

"A very satisfying book, persuasive in showing how material culture and household devotion are central to the workings of `lived' Anglicanism in eighteenth-century Virginia." David D. Hall, Harvard Divinity School

"Few historical works I have read so fully re-create the sensory world of people in a particular time and place in colonial American history. In this sense this is a wonderfully original work, deeply informed by scholarship but branching far beyond what has gone before." Paul Harvey, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

"I am particularly impressed by the creativity the author shows in identifying revealing examples of material life, especially domestic life, analyzing them with both respect and originality, and connecting those examples to a range of other issues in the religious lives of Virginia Anglicans and their society." Ted Ownby, University of Mississippi

His Enlightening Book examines the physical objects found in elite Virginia households of the eighteenth century to discover what they can tell us about their owners' lives and religious practices. Lauren F. Winner looks closely at punch bowls, needlework, mourning jewelry, baptismal gowns, biscuit molds, cookbooks, and many other items, illuminating the ways Anglicanism influenced daily activities and attitudes in colonial Virginia, particularly in the households of the gentry.

Examining the religious routines that punctuated life in Virginia homes like Mount Vernon, Gunston Hall, and Wilton House, the author uncovers another way of being Christian in the Anglican world of colonial Virginia, where a cheerful and comfortable daily piety prevailed. How did people actually pray? How were they baptized? Why were they baptized at home? Why were controversies over baptism so heated? What was religious education for girls like? How did cookbooks influence religious feasting and fasting? The answers to these and other questions extend our understanding of early American religion beyond the flash and fire of Puritanism and evangelicalism.

Informazioni bibliografiche

  • Titolo del Libro in lingua: A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith
  • Lingua: English
  • AutoreWinner Lauren F.
  • Editore: Yale Univ Pr
  • Data di Pubblicazione: 19 Ottobre '10
  • Genere: RELIGION
  • ISBN-10: 0300124694
  • EAN-13: 9780300124699