Atlantic Communications: The Media in American and German by Norbert Finzsch, Ursula Lehmkuhl

By Norbert Finzsch, Ursula Lehmkuhl

Atlantic Communications examines the advance of communications know-how and its impression on German-American family from the 17th to the 20 th century. How was once various media used or abused politically? How did the constitution and means of Atlantic communique swap? How did universal social spheres emerge? and the way was once this improvement stimulated by means of the methods and technique of Atlantic verbal exchange? Media mentioned contains speech, the telegraph, newspapers, and the relocating photo. How used to be wisdom in regards to the different facet of the Atlantic produced? How did the habit of media firms vary in Germany and the united states? How did they adapt definite components from one tradition to a different? in response to interdisciplinary learn integrating media reports and ancient research, this e-book is an cutting edge old method of German-American family considered as a part of the communications process of the Atlantic global.

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18 Thus, the church covenant served as a constant reminder that the saints subscribed to the authority of God’s Word, especially as preached by those called especially for that sacred task. Church covenants did not, however, protect Puritans from spiritual indifference or even decline within their own ranks. 20 To some Puritans, the Church was in a deep sleep and needed to be awakened. While Puritans believed that most of the time God dispensed his grace through ordinary means, such as preaching, prayer, Bible-reading, and public worship, they also held that upon occasion God chose to pour out His mercy through the extraordinary means of revivals.

Throughout America’s colonial period, the preached word had been the principal means of conveying the Word of God, although the printed word had been an important means as well. In Puritan New England, printed sermons served to reinforce the calling of ministers to interpret scripture and to extend the reach of the spoken word through time and space. The Great Awakening introduced a new kind of print and a new role for the printed word. While printed sermons continued to be popular, newspaper reports of the revival reinforced the revivalists’ message that a mighty Work of God was afoot and its progress could be recorded in newsprint throughout the Atlantic World.

Growth in grace rested on “a rational understanding of [God’s] word as well as on illumination by the Spirit”. 17 It was evangelical preaching then that informed men and women of the possibilities of divine election and convinced them of the insufficiency of their own good works. The second covenant central to Puritan life was the Church covenant that all members of a local congregation signed. ” New Englanders believed that the Church covenant rested on “the Word” and was essential for keeping their faith pure.

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