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Identifying the Image of GodRadical Christians and Nonviolent Power in the Antebellum United States$
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Dan McKanan

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195145328

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195145321.001.0001

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Wheat and Tares

Wheat and Tares

The Liberal Encounter with Puritan Violence

1 Wheat and Tares
Identifying the Image of God

Dan McKanan (Contributor Webpage)

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Examines the rediscovery of imago dei theology by early nineteenth‐century liberal theologians, most especially William Ellery Channing and other Unitarians. This theology was fleshed out by such sentimental novelists as Catharine Sedgwick, Lydia Maria Child, Eliza Buckminster Lee, and Eliza Sigourney, particularly in their historical fiction on the Puritans. For these writers, Puritan violence against Native Americans and witches was rooted in a false theology that saw God's presence more in the violence of history than in the loving affections of individuals.

Keywords:   Channing, Lydia Maria Child, historical fiction, Lee, liberal theology, Native Americans, Puritans, Sedgwick, Sigourney, Unitarians

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