Essays and Appreciations in Honor of Michael J. Colacurcio’s 50 Years of Teaching
Edited By Carol M. Bensick
Appendix: The Affect of Puritanism
MICHAEL J. COLACURCIO
Republicans are said to have a commandment: say nothing negative about other Republicans. Puritanists might well adopt a similar rule: a small academic minority, with, generally speaking, a somewhat unlovely subject, they ought to be grateful for all conscientious efforts to make their field better understood and more widely attractive. For this reason, at very least, one is inclined to be sympathetic towards Abram Van Engen’s sympathetic study of the importance of the theory and practice of sympathy in the American Puritans. Even if—dare I say it?—one’s own (not entirely irrelevant) work is left un-cited.
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