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E. Brooks Holifield is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of American Church History at Emory University, Atlanta, where he teaches in the Candler School of Theology, the history department, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. A graduate of Hendrix College, the Yale Divinity School, and the Yale University Graduate School, he has written on a variety of topics in the history of thought in America. In The Covenant Sealed (1974), he traced the development of seventeenth-century English and American Puritan theology and piety; in The Gentlemen Theologians (1978), he examined religious thought in the Old South between 1795 and 1860; in A History of Pastoral Care in America: From Salvation to Self-Realization (1983), he studied the relationships between religion and psychology over a three-hundred-year period. He has twice received year-long research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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