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Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America's Iminent Secularization from the Puritans to Postmodernity

Charles T Mathewes and Christopher McKnight Nichols

Abstract

This book explores the surprisingly similar expectations of religious and moral change voiced by major American thinkers from the time of the Puritans to modern times. These predictions of “godlessness” in American society — sometimes by those favoring the foreseen future, sometimes by those fearing it — have a history as old as America, and indeed seem crucially intertwined with it. This book shows that there have been and continue to be patterns to these prophesies. They determine how some people perceive and analyze America's prospective moral and religious future, how they express themsel ... More

Keywords: Puritans, moral change, prophesies, techno-utopias, secularization, the good society, religious change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195342536
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342536.001.0001

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Charles T Mathewes, editor
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Christopher McKnight Nichols, editor
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