9780300050608

The Democratization of American Christianity

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  • ISBN13:

    9780300050608

  • ISBN10:

    0300050607

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1/23/1991
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

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Summary

Looks at changes in the Christian church just after the American Revolution, and explains how the desire for democracy led to the rise of new religious movements

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
xi
Acknowledgments xiii
I. CONTEXT
Introduction: Democracy and Christianity
3(14)
The Church in an Age of Democratic Revolution; A Passion for Equality; Populist Leaders and Democratic Movements
The Crisis of Authority in Popular Culture
17(32)
Ferment over Who Should Rule at Home; Revolt against the Professions; Backcountry Dissent; Blurring of Worlds; Individualization of Conscience; Inversion of Authority
II. MASS MOVEMENTS
Storming Heaven by the Back Door
49(18)
Wreckers, Architects, and Builders; The Withering of Establishments; ``A Sea of Sectarian Rivalries''
Thundering Legions
67(58)
The Christian Movement; The Spartan Mission of Francis Asbury; The Independent Conscience of John Leland; Black Preachers and the Flowering of Afro-American Christianity; The Populist Vision of Joseph Smith
III. AUDIENCE
The Sovereign Audience
125(37)
The Triumph of Vernacular Preaching; Creating a Mass Religious Culture in Print; Inventing American Gospel Music
The Right to Think for Oneself
162(31)
The Quest for the Ancient Order; The Crusade against Calvinist Orthodoxy and Control; Sola Scriptura; America, Democracy, and the Millennium
IV. LEGACY
Upward Aspiration and Democratic Dissent
193(17)
The Leaven of Democratic Persuasions; The Allure of Respectability; Firebrands of Democracy
Epilogue: The Recurring Populist Impulse in American Christianity
210(10)
Redefining the Second Great Awakening: A Note on the Study of Christianity in the Early Republic 220(7)
Appendix: A Sampling of Anticlerical and Anti-Calvinist Christian Verse 227(17)
Notes 244(61)
Index 305

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