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Sacred Borders: Continuing Revelation and Canonical Restraint in Early America

David Holland


What belongs in the Bible? Could a New World inspire new chapters of scripture or render old ones obsolete? This book shows that these questions factored more prominently into early American history than we have appreciated. It depicts the boundaries of the biblical canon as a battleground on which a diverse cast of early American characters, from elite theologians to charismatic slave prophets, fought for their versions of divine truth. Puritans, deists, evangelicals, liberals, Shakers, Mormons, Catholics, Seventh-day Adventists and Transcendentalists took distinctive positions on how to defi ... More

Keywords: Early America, religion, Bible, scripture, canon, Continuing Revelation, Puritans, evangelicalism, deism, Shakers, Mormons, Seventh-day Adventists, Liberal Christians, Transcendentalists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199753611
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753611.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Holland, author
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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