By Philip N. Mulder
The American Revolution exacerbated the turning out to be pageant and jealousy one of the denominations by way of displacing their universal enemy, the proven Anglican church. Former dissenters now grew to become to stand one another. loose non secular pageant used to be transformative, Mulder argues. the need of competing for converts pressured the Presbyterians and Baptists out in their slim confines. extra importantly, besides the fact that, 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 USA. Now they grew to become clear of their open message of salvation, and started utilizing their specified features to split themselves from different denominations. The Methodists therefore succumbed to the evangelical trend set through others - a trend 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 supply a much more nuanced portrait of southern evangelicals than formerly to be had, revealing the deep changes among denominations that the homogenization of non secular historical past has formerly obscured.
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A Controversial Spirit: Evangelical Awakenings in the South (Religion in America) by Philip N. Mulder