Narratives of the Religious Self in Early-Modern Scotland by David George Mullan

By David George Mullan

Drawing on a wealthy, but untapped, resource of Scottish autobiographical writing, this booklet offers a desirable perception into the character and quantity of early-modern spiritual narratives. Over eighty such own records, together with diaries and autobiographies, manuscript and released, clerical and lay, female and masculine, are tested and positioned either in the context of seventeenth-century Scotland, and likewise early-modern narratives produced in other places. as well as the point of interest on narrative, the learn additionally revolves round the idea of conversion, which, whereas an idea identified in lots of instances and areas, isn't really common in its which means, yet has to be understood in the peculiarities of a selected context and the desires of writers situated in a particular culture, right here, Puritanism and evangelical Presbyterianism. those conversions and the narratives which offer a method of articulation draw deeply from the Bible, together with the Psalms and the track of Solomon. The context also needs to comprise an appreciation of the political historical past, specially throughout the non secular persecutions lower than Charles II and James VII, and later the altering and volatile stipulations skilled after the coming of William and Mary on her father's throne. one other the most important context in shaping those narratives used to be the shape of non secular discourse manifested in sermons and different works of divinity and the paintings seeks to enquire kin among ministers and their listeners. via cautious research of those narratives, viewing them either as person files and as a part of a much wider style, a fuller photo of seventeenth-century lifestyles will be drawn, particularly within the context of the kinfolk and private improvement. therefore the ebook will be of curiosity to scholars in various components of analysis, together with literary, old, and theological contexts. It presents for a better realizing of the motivations at the back of such own expressions of early-modern non secular religion, whose echoes can nonetheless be heard today.

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