By Mark A. Noll
From the vigorous severities of the 17th-century Pilgrims and Puritans to the ebullience of the televanglism age, the Christian event in North the US is wealthy and sundry. Noll covers all of it during this marvelous narrative survey. Tracing the expansion of Christian trust and associations and their interactions with tradition within the U.S. and Canada from the colonial interval to the current, his procedure is extensive and accomplished. Many biographical profiles upload a private size to the narrative.
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S. Capi tol. But the corridors of power he cared about most were heavenly rather than earthly. Library of Congress baptized Indians who attempted to leave the n1issions should be forcibly returned, and he believed that corporal punishment -including the whip and the stocks - also had a place. In a reversal of ordinary roles, a California governor once complained that this time the friars were punishing the natives too severely. VVhen in the twentieth century the Roman Catholic Church began to investigate Serra as a candidate for sainthood, it was faced with a dilemma.
It was not really Henry's intent to introduce ecclesiastical reform for its own sake, much less to introduce Protestant doctrine into the English church, but once it was set in motion, the English Reformation did in fact proceed to affect doctrine, personal devotion, public worship, and ecclesiastical organization. And the broader effects of this Reformation eventually played a large role in the Christian history of America. The English who played the major part in settling British North Amer ica were Protestants of a distinct type.
The ratio of pr iests to laymen was always low. As a result, the Catholicism that developed among the Acadians was more pragmatic and less authoritarian than that which which was established along the St. Lawrence R iver. A pragmatic, informal variety of Roman Catholicism also appeared in Newfoundland, which developed as a fishing colony under British control. By the 1730s Irish Roman Catholics made up a large part of the seasonal work force imported to ply the important fishing trade. In Quebec, the work of settlement sometimes took a back seat to the exploitation of such natural resources as furs.
A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada by Mark A. Noll