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’s 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.