By Philip N. Mulder
The American Revolution exacerbated the starting to be pageant and jealousy one of the denominations via displacing their universal enemy, the tested Anglican church. Former dissenters now became to stand one another. unfastened non secular festival used to be transformative, Mulder argues. the need of competing for converts compelled the Presbyterians and Baptists out in their slim confines. extra importantly, although, festival compromised the Methodists and their New mild beliefs. Methodists had offered themselves as an ecumenical replacement to the inflexible and rancorous denominations of britain and the United States. Now they became clear of their open message of salvation, and started utilizing their specific features to split themselves from different denominations. The Methodists therefore succumbed to the evangelical development set by way 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 supply 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 formerly obscured.
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A Controversial Spirit: Evangelical Awakenings in the South (Religion in America) by Philip N. Mulder