Van Engen, “Sympathetic Puritans”


In February, Oxford University Press will release “Sympathetic Puritans: Calvinist Fellow Feeling in Early New England” by Abram Van Engen (Washington University).  The publisher’s description follows:

Sympathetic PuritansRevising dominant accounts of Puritanism and challenging the literary history of sentimentalism, Sympathetic Puritans argues that a Calvinist theology of sympathy shaped the politics, religion, rhetoric, and literature of early New England. Scholars have often understood and presented sentimentalism as a direct challenge to stern and stoic Puritan forebears; the standard history traces a cult of sensibility back to moral sense philosophy and the Scottish Enlightenment, not Puritan New England. Abram C. Van Engen has unearthed pervasive evidence of sympathy in a large archive of Puritan sermons, treatises, tracts, poems, journals, histories, and captivity narratives. He demonstrates how two types of sympathy — the active command to fellow-feel (a duty), as well as the passive sign that could indicate salvation (a discovery)…

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New year, new blog? Make it a great one.

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New to blogging? A new session of our introductory blogging course starts on Monday, January 5 — and all bloggers are welcome, whether you blog on, a self-hosted WordPress blog, or somewhere else entirely.

Blogging 101 is four weeks of daily bite-size assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” — along with a supportive community to encourage you all the way through. At the end of the course, you’ll have a blog you’re proud and excited to publish, and that others are excited to read.
Here’s how it works:

  • Assignments fall into three broad categories — publishing posts and pages, customizing your blog, and engaging with the community — and are designed to build on one another.
  • We’ll post a new assignment here on The Daily Post each weekday at 12AM GMT. Each assignment will contain all the inspiration and instructions you need to complete it. Weekends are free (but we’ll…

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Selena Gomez It’s Great You Are Distancing Yourself From Justin Bieber

Hollywood Life

Selena, I am thrilled that you are on a girls vacation in Dubai and I think that you need to take 2015 by the horns and make it a Bieber-free year!

Selena Gomez, moving on from Justin Bieber, 20, in every possible way is the best decision you could ever make. Justin is clearly too immature to be the man you want and it’s clear by his antics of skateboarding through Times Square and messaging young models like Scarlett Leithold, that he hasn’t grown up.

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Kate Middleton: How She’s Lavishing George With Attention Before Baby #2

Hollywood Life

Kate Middleton, soon to be mother-of-two, is spending some extra time spoiling little George before be becomes a sibling. Find out what she is doing to lavish the little prince!

At 5-months pregnant, Kate Middleton is making it a priority to spend as much time with her first son, George, before he will have to share her attention — she really is the best momma ever!

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Rihanna Upset Chris Brown Loves Karrueche Tran More Than Her? The Truth

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Chris Brown threw some major shade at his ex, Rihanna, by admitting she’s ‘nothing compared to’ his current girlfriend, Karrueche Tran.  Since then, we’ve EXCLUSIVELY learned how RiRi feels about the diss!

After Chris Brown, 25, and Karrueche Tran, 26, reunited, the “Loyal” singer took an opportunity to totally disrespect his ex! In an effort to show Karrueche how much she means to him, Chris dissed Rihanna, 26, pretty harshly. Now, a source tells EXCLUSIVELY how RiRi reacted to the news!

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