By Philip N. Mulder
The American Revolution exacerbated the transforming into festival 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. loose spiritual pageant used to be transformative, Mulder argues. the need of competing for converts compelled the Presbyterians and Baptists out in their slender confines. extra importantly, besides the fact that, festival compromised the Methodists and their New gentle beliefs. Methodists had provided themselves as an ecumenical replacement to the inflexible and rancorous denominations of britain and the US. Now they grew to become clear of their open message of salvation, and commenced utilizing their specific features to split themselves from different denominations. The Methodists therefore succumbed to the evangelical trend set through 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 supply a much more nuanced portrait of southern evangelicals than formerly on hand, revealing the deep alterations among denominations that the homogenization of spiritual historical past has previously obscured.
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A Controversial Spirit: Evangelical Awakenings in the South (Religion in America) by Philip N. Mulder