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Religious History is Intellectual History, No Qualifications Needed.

Historians of early America seem increasingly willing to incorporate religious history into the story of the founding of the republic. And as intellectual historians more generally have—quite reluctantly—admitted that religion is part and parcel of their subject matter over the years, so too has the intellectual history of early America conceded ground to scholarship of religion in early America. Some even would go as far as suggesting the appellation of ‘religious turn’ to explain the hold religious history has had over our discipline in recent years. I’m not so sure, however, that such a sanguine view of our treatment of Read more