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Secularism in Antebellum America$
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John Lardas Modern

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226533230

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226533254.001.0001

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Evangelical Secularism and the Measure of Leviathan

Evangelical Secularism and the Measure of Leviathan

(p.49) Chapter 1 Evangelical Secularism and the Measure of Leviathan
Secularism in Antebellum America
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the secularism and the circulation of true religion within the evangelical media sphere in the U.S., focusing on the missionary and publishing enterprise of the American Tract Society (ATS). It evaluates the significance of secularism as it became central to the stories of evangelicals and provides a critical assessment of Robert Baird's accounts of evangelicalism in his Religion in the United States. This chapter also explores how the concept of “true religion” played out in the encounter between the workforce of ATS and its public and between the logic of the institution and the individual reader.

Keywords:   secularism, true religion, U.S., American Tract Society, Robert Baird, Religion in the United States

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