Mather as America’s 1st Evangelical

Douglas Sweeney reviews Rick Kennedy’s new religious biography of Cotton Mather at Christianity Today. A taste:

“Historians often picture Mather as the last of the Puritans, a backward-looking Calvinist who chafed at modern life. In Kennedy‚Äôs telling, however, Mather emerges as a forward-looking man of formidable learning, a warm-hearted herald of pure and undefiled religion, and a major catalyst of Britain’s ‘biblical enlightenment.'”

Kennedy’s book is titled, The First American Evangelical: A Short Life of Cotton Mather. It is published by Eerdman.

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