By Philip N. Mulder
The American Revolution exacerbated the starting 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, in spite of the fact that, pageant compromised the Methodists and their New gentle beliefs. Methodists had offered 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 commenced utilizing their exact features to split themselves from different denominations. The Methodists hence succumbed to the evangelical development set via 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 on hand, revealing the deep modifications among denominations that the homogenization of spiritual heritage has earlier obscured.
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A Controversial Spirit: Evangelical Awakenings in the South (Religion in America) by Philip N. Mulder