New England’s Moral Legislator

New England’s Moral Legislator

Timothy Dwight, 1752–1817
John R. Fitzmier
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/22/1998
ISBN: 978-0-253-11448-8
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Some books are so well done that a fair review is largely a recitation of their merits. Moral Legislator is such a work.... Fitzmier's superb book offers a fresh view of New England's cultural elite during this era." —Church History

This crisply written, well-argued study offers an insightful and comprehensive portrait of Dwight." —Journal of American History

An excellent writer, Fitzmier develops Dwight’s thought as it is particularly related to a historical biblical millennium. This is the definitive work on Dwight; the endnotes and bibliography are extensive." —Library Journal

Grandson of Jonathan Edwards, president of Yale University, writer, teacher, theologian, Timothy Dwight was a major figure in the Second Great Awakening of American Protestantism. Understanding the ways in which his moralism shaped his vision leads to a fuller appreciation of the "godly federalism" that Dwight created and promulgated from the moral high ground of the Yale presidency.

Author Bio

JOHN R. FITZMIER is Associate Dean of the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Problem of Light and Shades
1. The Light of Yale
2. The Herald of Reconciliation
3. A Distinguished Divine
4. An American Clio
5. New England's Moral Legislator
Bibliographic Essay