Words, Works, and Ways of Knowing

“Though some years in coming, Paretsky’s scholarship is apt for today. The New England Calvinists she describes with such graceful clarity speak to an earlier time, before we began to assume that religious belief and intellectual rigor were mutually exclusive. Paretsky introduces us to the world of the nineteenth-century ‘Christian scholar,’ using her narrative gift to explore the developing alliance—and deepening tensions—between the life of the mind and the life of faith.”
– Margaret Bendroth, executive director of the Congregational Library

In a preface written specifically for the published version, Paretsky offers a powerful indictment of sexism in the academy and how it affected her own life and work.