By Professor Anne C. Rose
Interfaith marriage is a visual and infrequently arguable a part of American life--and one with an important heritage. this is often the 1st ancient examine of spiritual range in the house. Anne Rose attracts a brilliant photograph of interfaith marriages over the century prior to global warfare I, their difficulties and their social results. She exhibits how mixed-faith households turned brokers of switch in a tradition relocating towards pluralism.
Following them over numerous generations, Rose tracks the stories of twenty-six interfaith households who recorded their suggestions and emotions in letters, journals, and memoirs. She examines the selections husbands and other halves made approximately spiritual dedication, their relationships with the prolonged households on either side, and their convictions. those couples--who got here from robust Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish backgrounds--did no longer draw back from faith yet made customized changes in non secular observance. more and more, the writer notes, girls took cost of faith in the house. Rose's family-centered examine deepest spiritual judgements and perform supplies new perception on American society in a interval whilst it was once changing into extra open, extra various, and no more community-bound.
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Extra resources for Beloved Strangers: Interfaith Families in Nineteenth Century America
At Brown University. The boys' relaxed Catholicism made it seem natural that Tom fell in love with a Protestant, Ellen Ewing Cox, in 1854. " 98 When he married Ellen in 1856, apparently without her conversion, the spiritual variety in this ostensibly Catholic family was visible to all. The Ewings' history, along with the story of their Blaine relations, contains characteristic features of early American interfaith families. Unafraid of innovation or personal differences, couples still wanted clergy to perform weddings and their children to be religiously educated.
The Ewings were unusual because they did not let intermarriage become a straight path to Protestantism. Their cousin James Blaine was more typical. " 99 Similar commitments to religion and family appear in the lives of Mathew and Bridget Carey and their children, especially Frances, their fifth child, and her husband Isaac Lea. The wedding of Fanny and Isaac in 1821 at St. Augustine's Church, Philadelphia, was an ecumenical affair. Mathew Carey identified the company in his diary: "Mrs. Leslie, Ann, Patty, Mr.
He listened to the sermons. "Mr. " 9 Nor did he slight obligations and rites. "Fast day," he noted periodically in his diary, and, in one letter to his wife, enclosed a communion wafer. 10 Carey's piety, though undemonstrative, was integrated into his weekly routine. Faith that was secure but not dogmatic admitted compromise. " 11 Catholicism did not mark the bounds of his thinking; it shared his attention with a vast range of interests. A prolific pamphleteer, turning out fifty-nine titles between 1819 and 1833 alone, Carey wrote passionately about political economy.