McLoughlin.  Isaac Backus and the American Pietistic Tradition (Library of American Biography)

McLoughlin. Isaac Backus and the American Pietistic Tradition (Library of American Biography)

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McLoughlin, William G. Isaac Backus and the American Pietistic Tradition (Library of American Biography). Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1967. First Edition.

Former library book, binding very good, text is clean, includes the dust jacket (has some short tears - now in a new clear wrapper). Has standard library additions. 252 pp. Good in good dust-jacket. Hardcover.

No. 3498 in Roberts, Revival Literature: An Annotated Bibliography. "Backus, a Baptist, was active in the Great Awakening Period."

"The line between the rights of individual conscience and the compulsory power of the state has always been difficult to draw...Born in Puritan New England in 1724, a society which granted little tolerance to dissenters, Isaac Backus fought for over fifty years to achieve true religious liberty for all sects and to rend the ties that bound the church and state in theocratic harmony." - publisher.

First a separatist, then a Calvinist, and lastly a Baptist, the life of Isaac Backus (1724-1806) is a model of the transition of American religion from established churches to independent congregations. He was a leader of the Baptists, respected by many, and an ardent advocate for religious freedom, appearing before magistrates to testify on behalf of his brethren. His Ecclesiastical History of New England is a valuable work.