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Undomesticated Dissent

Democracy and the Public Virtue of Religious Nonconformity

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Undomesticated Dissent by Curtis W Freeman
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On the north end of London lies an old nonconformist burial ground named Bunhill Fields. Bunhill became the final resting place for some of the most honored names of English Protestantism. Burial outside the city walls symbolised that those interred at Bunhill lived and died outside the English body politic. Bunhill, its location declares, is the proper home for undomesticated dissenters. Among more than 120,000 graves, three monuments stand in the central courtyard: one for John Bunyan (1628-1688), a second for Daniel Defoe (1660-1731), and a third for William Blake (1757-1827). This book asks, Why these three monuments? The answer, as Curtis Freeman leads readers to discover, is an idea as vital and transformative for public life today as it was unsettling and revolutionary then. To tell the untold tale of the Bunhill graves, Freeman focuses on the three classic texts by Bunyan, Defoe, and Blake -- The Pilgrim's Progress, Robinson Crusoe and Jerusalem -- as testaments of dissent. Their enduring literary power, as Freeman shows, derives from their original political and religious contexts. But Freeman also traces the abiding prophetic influence of these texts, revealing the confluence of great literature and principled religious nonconformity in the checkered story of democratic political arrangements. Undomesticated Dissent provides a sweeping intellectual history of the public virtue of religiously motivated dissent from the seventeenth century to the present, by carefully comparing, contrasting, and then weighing the various types of dissent -- evangelical and spiritual dissent (Bunyan), economic and social dissent (Defoe), radical and apocalyptic dissent (Blake) Freeman offers dissenting imagination as a generative source for democracy, as well as a force for resistance to the coercive powers of domestication. By placing Bunyan, Defoe, and Blake within an extended argument about the nature and ends of democracy, the book reveals how these three men transmitted their democratic ideas across the globe, hidden within the text of their stories. Freeman concludes that dissent, so crucial to the establishing of democracy, remains equally essential for its flourishing. Buried deep in their full narrative of religion and resistance, the three monuments at Bunhill together declare that dissent is not disloyalty, and that democracy depends on dissent.

Author Biography

Curtis W. Freeman is Research Professor of Theology and Director of the Baptist House of Studies at Duke Divinity School.
Release date NZ
August 15th, 2017
Pages
288
Illustrations
5 illus
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Baylor University Press
ISBN-13
9781481306881
Product ID
26800300

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