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Sacred BordersContinuing Revelation and Canonical Restraint in Early America$
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David Holland

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199753611

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753611.001.0001

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“A Bible with the Back Cover Torn Off”

“A Bible with the Back Cover Torn Off”

An Introduction

(p.1) 1 “A Bible with the Back Cover Torn Off”
Sacred Borders

David F. Holland (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter lays out some of the ways both early Christians and modern Americans have dealt with the matter of defining a scriptural canon. It also considers the writings of a pair of prominent English thinkers—Francis Bacon and Thomas Hobbes—who dealt with the problem of canonicity during the early stages of British colonization of North America. Finally, it provides a justification for why a treatment of the canon debates in colonial America and the early United States, 1620–1860, is both appropriate and valuable.

Keywords:   open canon, Montanus, Francis Bacon, Thomas Hobbes, gay marriage, congregationalism

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