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The Hidden Balance
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  • Page extent: 176 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.43 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 261/.092/2
  • Dewey version: 19
  • LC Classification: BT738 .C694 1987
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Christian sociology--Massachusetts--History of doctrines--18th century
    • Chauncy, Charles,--1705-1787
    • Mayhew, Jonathan,--1720-1766
    • Puritans--Massachusetts--History--18th century
    • Massachusetts--Church history

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521327770 | ISBN-10: 0521327776)

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Boston Congregationalist ministers Charles Chauncy and Jonathan Mayhew were among the most influential social and religious thinkers in Boston in the mid-eighteenth century. This study argues, against the interpretations of some previous historians, that Chauncy and Mayhew produced a complex but coherent body of ideas, and that these ideas were organized closely and self-consciously around the principle of "balance." Writings on society and government are treated alongside theological works, rather than apart from them, and each man's corpus is placed against the background of English ideas as well as within the context of intellectual and social life in Boston. Chauncy and Mayhew were the leading architects of the mid-eighteenth century New England transition from Puritanism to religious rationalism. They were also instrumental in formulating and popularizing the political and social criticisms that led to the American Revolution. The Hidden Balance illustrates the connections between their religious leadership and their political leadership, and in so doing clarifies our understanding of why Chauncy and Mayhew exercised such a profound influence upon their contemporaries.


Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The hidden whole; 2. Religion: a balance of public and private, reason and the affections; 3. Government: liberty balanced with deference; 4. Society: a balance of statis and movement; Conclusion: the hidden balance; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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