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J. D. Bowers interview, "Joseph Priestley and English Unitarianism in America"
New Books Network
  • Marshall Poe, University of Iowa
  • J. D. Bowers
Document Type
Interview
Duration
00:53:50
Publication Date
3-13-2008
Abstract
Today we talk to J. D. Bowers of Northern Illinois University about his book Joseph Priestley and English Unitarianism in America (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2007). Against the received wisdom, Bowers argues that American Unitarianism did not emerge solely from indigenous Boston-based Congregationalism. Instead, he shows that Joseph Priestly and English Unitarianism exercised considerable influence on the church throughout the nineteenth century, despite what the Unitarians themselves claimed. Mark D. McGarvie of the University of Richmond calls the book "beautifully and persuasively written," and Daniel Walker Howe of Oxford and UCLA says Bower's work is "A resolute and positive reaffirmation of Joseph Priestly's place in the heritage of American Unitarianism."
Keywords
  • Christianity,
  • Enlightenment,
  • Protestantism,
  • Religion,
  • Unitarianism
Rights
Copyright © 2008 New Books In History
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Citation Information
Marshall Poe and J. D. Bowers. "J. D. Bowers interview, "Joseph Priestley and English Unitarianism in America"" New Books Network (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/marshall_poe/211/