JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Summer 2005) Documents (1998). Her current teaching and research interests focus on the American Revolution and the history of early American women. The Word in the World: Evangelical Writing, Publishing, and Reading in America, 17891880. By Candy Gunther Brown. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004. Pp. xiv, 336. Illustrations. Cloth, $59.95; paper, $19.95.) An insightful study of the emergence of a print culture among U.S. evangelicals, Candy Gunther Brown's work argues that nineteenth-century evangelical Christians created a textual community around the Bible, pamphlets, religious novels, memoirs of godly persons, tracts, and hymns. These various printed media were designed to assist the converted in a purer exercise of the Christian faith while asserting a more tangible evangelical presence in the world. The Holy Spirit, evangelicals believed, would transform the hearts and minds of the unconverted as they encountered these texts. An underlying tension between the sacred and profane underlay this emerging print culture. The business of selling and the confusion about what genres of literature were appropriate for religious people drove an ongoing debate among evangelical leaders about remaining ``in the world'' without becoming ``of the world'' ( John 17:1517). In time,
Journal of the Early Republic – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Jun 13, 2005
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