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By T.J. Tomlin

A Divinity for All Persuasions uncovers the non secular signifiance of early America's such a lot ubiquitous well known style. except a Bible and maybe a number of schoolbooks and sermons, almanacs have been the one revealed goods such a lot americans owned earlier than 1820. bought each year, the almanac used to be a calendar and astrologically-based scientific guide surrounded by way of poetry, essays, anecdotes, and various sensible information.

Employing a wealth of archival fabric, T.J. Tomlin analyzes the pan-Protestant sensibility disbursed throughout the almanac's pages among 1730 and 1820. by means of disseminating a suite of Protestant suggestions concerning God's life, divine revelation, the human , and the afterlife, almanacs performed an unheard of function in early American non secular lifestyles. motivated by way of readers' critiques and printers' pragmatism, the non secular content material of daily print helps an cutting edge interpretation of early American cultural and spiritual historical past. In sharp distinction to a historiography headquartered on intra-Protestant festival, Tomlin exhibits that almost all early americans depended on a handful of Protestant "essentials" instead of denominational specifics to outline and set up their non secular lives.

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