Protestant Pluralism and the New York Experience

A Study of Eighteenth-Century Religious Diversity
Richard W. Pointer
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/22/1988
ISBN: 978-0-253-11435-8
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This study will mark a turning point in the historiography of religion in colonial New York.... a book that every student of that subject must reckon with." —Patricia Bonomi, New York University

... excellent and significantly revisionist examination... " —American Studies International

... concise, insightful, and provocative... an important contribution that warrants the attention of all students of American religion." —Journal of the Early Republic

... an important accomplishment... " —Journal of American History

... Pointer has written a fine piece of church history that explores the interactions of denominations and politics in eighteenth-century New York. He has filled an important gap in the religious history of colonial America." —American Historical Review

Pointer’s study will be valuabe to those curious about the wonderful religious tapestry of colonial New York." —Journal of Church and State

Richard Pointer should be commended for both his scholarship and his courage.... Pointer has written the most complete analysis we have of the impact and development of evangelical Protestantism in the province and state before 1800." —New York History

... this is really an engaging piece of scholarship intended for the student of early America, but certainly useful to anyone having an interest in the origins of American pluralism and its impact on religious equality and toleration." —History

A major new study in colonial American religious history... " —Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

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Table of Contents



I. Plural Religion in a New World Environment, 1700-1775

I. "A Spirit of Independence": The Quest for Ecclesiastical Self-Sufficiency
II. "The Vital Part of Religion": The Search for a Satisfying Faith
III. "An Equal Footing for All": The Struggle for Religious Equality

II. Plural Religion amid War and Peace, 175-1800

IV. "A Shocken Time": Church Life during the Revolutionary war
V. "An Uncommon Train of Providences": Religious Recovery in the 1780s
VI. "A Glorious Enterprize": Religious Cooperation in the 1790s