By Philip N. Mulder
The American Revolution exacerbated the growing to be festival and jealousy one of the denominations by means of displacing their universal enemy, the proven Anglican church. Former dissenters now became to stand one another. unfastened non secular festival was once transformative, Mulder argues. the need of competing for converts pressured the Presbyterians and Baptists out in their slim confines. extra importantly, even if, pageant compromised the Methodists and their New gentle beliefs. Methodists had awarded themselves as an ecumenical replacement to the inflexible and rancorous denominations of britain and the US. Now they became clear of their open message of salvation, and started utilizing their distinct features to split themselves from different denominations. The Methodists therefore succumbed to the evangelical development set by means of others - a development of contrast, insularity, and divisive competition.
Examining conversion narratives, worship, polity, and rituals, in addition to extra formal doctrinal statements in creeds and sermons, Mulder is ready to offer a much more nuanced portrait of southern evangelicals than formerly on hand, revealing the deep ameliorations among denominations that the homogenization of spiritual historical past has before obscured.
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A Controversial Spirit: Evangelical Awakenings in the South (Religion in America) by Philip N. Mulder