Brown Bag Lunch: "A Kinder, Gentler Cotton Mather Muses on Jewish History"

Rick Kennedy
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Speaker: Rick Kennedy

Cotton Mather will forever be a fascinating man in the history of American culture, politics, literature, science, and religion. He even coined the term "American" as a distinctive type of cultural perspective. Michael Hall titled his biography of Cotton's father The Last American Puritan, and in this talk Rick Kennedy will look at ways in which Cotton Mather was the first American Evangelical. Richard Lovelace of Gordon-Conwell Seminary wrote from a European perspective about theology and piety in his book, The American Pietism of Cotton Mather: Origins of American Evangelicalism (1979). Professor Kennedy, on the other hand, will talk about the origins of American Evangelicalism in the ways Cotton Mather responded to the local culture and politics of Boston, Cambridge, and Charlestown between 1686 and 1707.

Rick Kennedy has published extensively on contemporaries of Cotton Mather — Thomas and William Brattle, Increase Mather, Charles Morton, Benjamin Colman — for the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, the New England Quarterly, and the American Antiquarian Society. Presently he is writing a short biography of Mather and working with a group of editors in an international project to publish Cotton Mather's massive Biblia Americana. He is professor of history at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California.

Wednesday, March 6th
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Program begins promptly at noon.

Free.
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