Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; annotated edition edition (April 29, 2002)
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on the shut of the eighteenth century, Timothy Dwight--poet, clergyman, and, later, president of Yale College--waged a literary and highbrow struggle opposed to the forces of "infidelity." The satan and health practitioner Dwight reexamines this episode by way of concentrating on The Triumph of Infidelity (1788), the verse satire that introduced Dwight's crusade and, Colin Wells argues, the foremost to recuperating the deeper which means of the specter of infidelity within the early years of the yankee Republic. The ebook additionally gains the 1st smooth, annotated variation of this crucial yet long-overlooked poem. Modeled after Alexander Pope's satiric masterpiece, the Dunciad, Dwight's poem took goal at a couple of his contemporaries, yet its significant goal was once Congregationalist Charles Chauncy, writer of a debatable treatise announcing "the salvation of all men." To Dwight's brain, a trust in common salvation issued from an analogous naive religion in innate human advantage and inevitable development that ruled all kinds of Enlightenment proposal, political in addition to spiritual. certainly, in next works he traced with expanding dismay a shift within the inspiration of common salvation from a theological doctrine to a political trust and image of yankee nationwide identification. during this gentle, Dwight's crusade opposed to infidelity should also be noticeable as an early and prescient critique of the ideological underpinnings of Jeffersonian democracy.