By Philip N. Mulder
The American Revolution exacerbated the transforming into pageant and jealousy one of the denominations through displacing their universal enemy, the proven Anglican church. Former dissenters now grew to become to stand one another. unfastened spiritual festival was once transformative, Mulder argues. the need of competing for converts pressured the Presbyterians and Baptists out in their slim confines. extra importantly, in spite of 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 became clear of their open message of salvation, and started utilizing their precise features to split themselves from different denominations. The Methodists therefore succumbed to the evangelical trend set via 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 changes among denominations that the homogenization of spiritual background has previously obscured.
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A Controversial Spirit: Evangelical Awakenings in the South (Religion in America) by Philip N. Mulder