By Henry F. May
Bringing jointly essays via a number one highbrow and spiritual historian, The Divided center is a suite of modern reflections, occasionally with a substantial autobiographical point, by means of Henry F. could at the clash among Protestantism and the Enlightenment that runs through the heritage of yank tradition. Summarizing May's critiques on fresh historiographical arguments, the advent to The Divided center tells of his personal improvement as a historian, significant impacts upon his pondering, and the way his training assumptions grew. masking faith, there are essays on early American heritage, Jonathan Edwards, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Reinhold Niebuhr, and "reflections at the uneasy relation" among faith and American highbrow historical past. in terms of the Enlightenment, there are essays at the structure and the "Jeffersonian Moment." Suggesting a brand new and interdisciplinary technique, May's final essay bargains with the tip of the Enlightenment and the start of Romanticism, a space of background with which he hasn't ever earlier than dealt.