The Heavenly Contract: Ideology and Organization in Pre-Revolutionary Puritanism
by David Zaret
University of Chicago Press, 1985
Cloth: 978-0-226-97882-6
Library of Congress Classification BX9333.Z37 1985
Dewey Decimal Classification 285.90942

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The idea of a heavenly contract, uniting God and humanity in a bargain of salvation, emerged as the keystone of Puritan theology in early modern England. Yet this concept, with its connotations of exchange and reciprocity, runs counter to other tenets of Calvinism, such as predestination, that were also central to Puritan thought. With bold analytic intelligence, David Zaret explores this puzzling conflict between covenant theology and pure Calvinism. In the process he demonstrates that popular beliefs and activities had tremendous influence on Puritan religion.

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