The hidden balance: religion and the social theories of Charles Chauncy and Jonathan Mayhew

Congregationalist ministers Charles Chauncy and Jonathan Mayhew were among the most influential social and religious thinkers in Boston in the mid-eighteenth century. This 1987 study argues that Chauncy and Mayhew produced a complex but coherent body of ideas and that these ideas were organized clos...

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Main Author: Corrigan, John 1952-
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 1987.
In:Year: 1987
Reviews:The Hidden Balance: Religion and the Social Theories of Charles Chauncy and Jonathan Mayhew. John Corrigan (1989) (Williams, Peter W.)
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Chauncy, Charles 1705-1787 / Social philosophy
RelBib Classification:AD Sociology of religion; religious policy
KBQ North America
Further subjects:B Chauncy, Charles
B Mayhew, Jonathan 1720-1766
B Chauncy, Charles 1705-1787
B Massachusetts ; Church history
B Massachusetts Church history
B Christian Sociology Massachusetts History of doctrines, 18th century
B Christian Sociology (Massachusetts) History of doctrines 18th century
B Mayhew, Jonathan ; 1720-1766
B Mayhew, Jonathan
B Puritans ; Massachusetts ; History ; 18th century
B Christian sociology ; Massachusetts ; History of doctrines ; 18th century
B Chauncy, Charles ; 1705-1787
B Puritans Massachusetts History, 18th century
B Puritans (Massachusetts) History 18th century
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Parallel Edition:Non-electronic
Print version: 9780521327770
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Summary:Congregationalist ministers Charles Chauncy and Jonathan Mayhew were among the most influential social and religious thinkers in Boston in the mid-eighteenth century. This 1987 study argues that Chauncy and Mayhew produced a complex but coherent body of ideas and that these ideas were organized closely and self-consciously around the principle of 'balance'. Writings on society and government are treated alongside theological works, rather than separate from them, and each man's corpus is placed against the background of English ideas as well as within the context of intellectual and social life in Boston. Investigation of the ideas of Chauncy and Mayhew in this way leads to the conclusion that although the two men believed that a cosmic principle of 'balance' organized social and religious life, they believed as well that full philosophical comprehension of this principle was beyond human capability. In order to express their understanding of cosmic order, Chauncy and Mayhew appropriated the metaphor of the 'great chain of being'.
1 The hidden whole -- 2 Religion: a balance of public and private, reason and the affections -- 3 Government: liberty balanced with deference -- 4 Society: a balnce of stasis and movement -- Conclusion: the hidden balance -- Appendix: status of members of First Church and West Church
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ISBN:0511527969
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511527968