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Curtis W. Freeman, in Undomesticated Dissent, 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 convergence of great literature and principled religious nonconformity in the unpredictable 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). By placing Bunyan, Defoe, and Blake within an extended argument about the nature and ends of democracy, Freeman reveals how these three men transmitted their democratic ideas across the globe, hidden within the text of their stories. Overall, this work seeks to show how and why dissent matters, not only as a historical movement that has been memorialized in texts, but as a vital practice for the good of Christianity today, and the flourishing of free societies.
Number of Pages: 269
Vendor: Baylor University Press
Publication Date: 2017
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