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An Essay upon the Good

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674180628

Publication Date: 01/01/1966

181 pages

Belknap Press


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Of pervasive influence in its own time, Bonifacius, as editor David Levin points out in his Introduction, brought to bear upon the community all the piety and ingenuity that New England Puritanism had nourished for eighty years. Without wavering from the central Puritan conviction that man exists to glorify God, Cotton Mather exhorted all Christians to search out opportunities to do good in the world; and it was this concept, Levin argues, that gave the book its impact on the thought of succeeding generations, from the moralizing of Benjamin Franklin to twentieth-century philanthropic activities. The present edition follows the original 1710 edition and includes explanatory notes.

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