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The Making of a Public Sphere: The Instructive Case of Puritan New England

Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012


David D. Hall

Bartlett Research Professor of New England Church History

Harvard Divinity School


Noon-1 p.m.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Kennedy Commons


The debate about the role of religion in the public sphere is hardly a new. While the 2012 election season has seen renewed debates about religion in public and political rhetoric, the challenge has persisted through nearly four hundred years of American history. Drawing on his most recent book, A Reforming People: Puritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in New England, (Knopf, 2011), Professor Hall will explore the radical position that puritans took on the question of religion in public life—a legacy that looms large today.


David D. Hall, Bartlett Research Professor of New England Church History at Harvard Divinity School, is a world-renown scholar of Puritanism and Seventeenth-Century New England and author of numerous books and articles on the intellectual and social worlds of Puritans and colonial New England, with a special focus on the idea “lived religion” in colonial America.



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