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In the Beginning Was the WordThe Bible in American Public Life, 1492–1783$
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Mark A. Noll

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190263980

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190263980.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.325) Conclusion
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In the Beginning Was the Word
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Mark A. Noll

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190263980.003.0014

This chapter concludes that the dependence of Protestants on the Scripture that took shape, evolved, and influenced Great Britain caused a series of contrasting events in America. The early generations of Europeans in North America adhered to forms of magisterial, establishmentarian Protestantism and used the Bible as a mainstay of Christendom. However, the colonies also became home to a few Protestants who believed that faithfulness to the Scripture demanded opposition to Christendom. The employment of the Bible's message in those colonies became a recurring theme in the history of Christendom versus anti-Christendom, and then of formal versus informal public Protestantism. The Bible functioned in this period as a powerful source of guidance for individuals and communities. It also functioned as a rich treasury of tropes, models, types, examples, and precepts in service to principles that did not rise from its pages.

Keywords:   Protestantism, Bible, Christendom, anti-Christendom, Scripture

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