The Resource The death of Adam : essays on modern thought, Marilynne Robinson

The death of Adam : essays on modern thought, Marilynne Robinson

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The death of Adam : essays on modern thought
Title
The death of Adam
Title remainder
essays on modern thought
Statement of responsibility
Marilynne Robinson
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"My intention, my hope, is to revive interest in... John Calvin. If I had been forthright about my subject, I doubt that the average reader would have read this far." That's the introduction to one essay, but it could also apply to most of Robinson's (Housekeeping) first book in nearly a decade. Among the 10 essays here is one on the idea of wilderness and an intensely personal meditation on growing up Presbyterian, but these are essentially afterthoughts to an impassioned argument against America's contemporary social Darwinists cum free marketeers. And here's where Calvin comes in. She rebuts the characterization of Calvin as protocapitalist and the quick dismissal of his Puritan followers as prigs. Instead, she finds in their example a more fulfilling morality, one that substitutes personal responsibility for contemptuous condemnation of our fellows and a more personal, independent relationship with God and conscience. The corollary of the notion that "our unhappiness is caused by society, is that society can make us happy," she writes, adding, "Whatever else it is, morality is a covenant with oneself, which can only be imposed and enforced by oneself." Though there are occasional problems, for example, the argument "an important historical 'proof' very current among us now is that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence unconscious of the irony of the existence of slavery" is simply a straw man. But for the most part her moral integrity is accompanied by an equally rigorous intellectual integrity, and rather than accepting received wisdom she hunts it out for herself among original texts. In the process, she revives founding beliefs as a possible solution for current ills
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OCO
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Robinson, Marilynne
Dewey number
973.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
E169.12
LC item number
.R583 2005
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Theology
  • Calvinism
  • Calvinism
  • Civilization
  • Civilization
  • Theology
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
The death of Adam : essays on modern thought, Marilynne Robinson
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Publication
Note
"First published in the United States by Mariner Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Company [c1998]"--Title page verso
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Psalm eight
  • Wilderness
  • Tyranny of petty coercion
  • Darwinism
  • Facing reality
  • Family
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • McGuffey and the abolitionists
  • Puritans and prigs
  • Marguerite de Navarre
  • Marguerite de Navarre, Part II
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
262 pages
Isbn
9780312425326
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)62173392
  • 1229615
  • (OCoLC)ocm62173392
  • 1229615
Label
The death of Adam : essays on modern thought, Marilynne Robinson
Publication
Note
"First published in the United States by Mariner Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Company [c1998]"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Psalm eight
  • Wilderness
  • Tyranny of petty coercion
  • Darwinism
  • Facing reality
  • Family
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • McGuffey and the abolitionists
  • Puritans and prigs
  • Marguerite de Navarre
  • Marguerite de Navarre, Part II
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
262 pages
Isbn
9780312425326
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)62173392
  • 1229615
  • (OCoLC)ocm62173392
  • 1229615

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