LIVING THEOLOGICAL HERITAGE (LTH) OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, THE
Colonial and National Beginnings, Volume 3
CHARLES E. HAMBRICK-STOWE, ed.
BARBARA BROWN ZIKMUND, series ed.
ISBN/Prod. Code: 0-8298-1109-5
The beginnings of Congregationalism and German Reformed faith and practice in colonial North America are presented in this third volume of The Living Theological Heritage of the United Church of Christ.
Volume 3 shows how New England Congregationalists forged a creative blend of covenantal church governances and modified Calvinism to create a unique "Congregational Way" that thrived in the colonies and made a significant contribution to the new nation.
The book also documents how moderate German Reformed settlers in the middle colonies, with their confessional loyalty to the Heidelberg Catechism, both adapted to and resisted the religious climate of the new world. The United Church of Christ has been profoundly shaped by the ways in which these two traditions embraced and/or resisted the rise of Unitarianism, revivalism, liberalism, anti-confessionalism, (Roman) Catholicism, and ecumenism. The contemporary reader will understand how key ideas and concerns that motivated colonial thinking and shaped the early years of the United States continue to inform the ongoing life of the United Church of Christ.
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