By Philip N. Mulder
The American Revolution exacerbated the starting to be pageant and jealousy one of the denominations by way of displacing their universal enemy, the tested Anglican church. Former dissenters now became to stand one another. unfastened non secular pageant was once transformative, Mulder argues. the need of competing for converts pressured the Presbyterians and Baptists out in their slim confines. extra importantly, even though, pageant compromised the Methodists and their New gentle beliefs. Methodists had awarded themselves as an ecumenical substitute to the inflexible and rancorous denominations of britain and the US. Now they became clear of their open message of salvation, and started utilizing their detailed features to split themselves from different denominations. The Methodists hence 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 offer a much more nuanced portrait of southern evangelicals than formerly to be had, revealing the deep ameliorations among denominations that the homogenization of spiritual historical past has in the past obscured.
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