The First American Evangelical: A Short Life of Cotton Mather

The First American Evangelical: A Short Life of Cotton Mather

Rick Kennedy / Feb 19, 2020

The First American Evangelical A Short Life of Cotton Mather An accurate sympathetic account of influential colonial Christian leader Cotton Mather Cotton Mather was America s most famous pastor and scholar at the beginning of the eighteenth century

  • Title: The First American Evangelical: A Short Life of Cotton Mather
  • Author: Rick Kennedy
  • ISBN: 9780802872111
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Paperback
  • An accurate, sympathetic account of influential colonial Christian leader Cotton Mather Cotton Mather 1663 1728 was America s most famous pastor and scholar at the beginning of the eighteenth century People today generally associate him with the infamous Salem witch trials, but in this new biography Rick Kennedy tells a bigger story Mather, he says, was the very firstAn accurate, sympathetic account of influential colonial Christian leader Cotton Mather Cotton Mather 1663 1728 was America s most famous pastor and scholar at the beginning of the eighteenth century People today generally associate him with the infamous Salem witch trials, but in this new biography Rick Kennedy tells a bigger story Mather, he says, was the very first American evangelical A fresh retelling of Cotton Mather s life, this biography corrects misconceptions and focuses on how he sought to promote, socially and intellectually, a biblical lifestyle As older Puritan hopes in New England were giving way to a broader and shallower Protestantism, Mather led a populist, Bible oriented movement that embraced the new century the beginning of a dynamic evangelical tradition that eventually became a major force in American culture Incorporating the latest scholarly research but written for a popular audience, The First American Evangelical brings Cotton Mather and his world to life in a way that helps readers understand both the Puritanism in which he grew up and the evangelicalism he pioneered.

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    462 Comments

    1. Beautiful sabbath reading--engaging writing, inspiring story. Even though I am not a stranger to 17th century Colonial America, this brief biography reminded me of some of the basics as well as making me feel like I knew these characters personally. The pictures, maps and walking tour as well as the humorous and imaginative renderings of scenes--really made this important time and person come alive. This will be the book on colonial religion and history that I recommend to non-specialists for so [...]


    2. Rick Kennedy is one of the liveliest scholars of American Puritanism at work today. His conversational style, engaging wit, and deep appreciation of his subject are on full display in this brief portrait of Cotton Mather. Kennedy does superbly what precious few students of early American religious culture are able to do: he makes his subjects come alive. Thanks to Kennedy, we can see one of the most complex, and misunderstood, figures of Puritan New England as a human being, surrounded by equall [...]


    3. After reading this short summary of the life of Cotton Mather, I stand by my critique of his involvement in the Salem Witch Trials (even his sympathetic biographer concedes that Mather tended to be a bit revisionist and melodramatic in his personal histories and diary entries), but it was nice to get a broader idea of the man himself and the influence he had on America's early development. His writings give evidence of an active, imaginative mind paired with a lively sense of humor and a strong [...]


    4. Have you fallen prey to the prevalent misconception that Cotton Mather was the moralistic, harsh perpetrator of the Salem Witch Trials? If that is the case, you do not really know the man. Author Rick Kennedy takes us to the heart of the man and Mather is, in fact, a man worth knowing. Kennedy succeeds in a short biography at what some massive tomes can’t even deliver—a winning biography that is enjoyable to read and brings life to the subject.I must confess that I came to greatly admire Mat [...]


    5. This was such an informative, interesting book! I had never heard of Cotton Mather before reading this book and upon getting to know a little about him in the very beginning, I realized that there was a quite a bit of controversy on him. I think this author did an excellent job telling about the life of Cotton and I walked away from this book encouraged and definitely interested in this first American evangelical. What I Liked: The author was very straightforward in his telling the story of Cott [...]


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