A Wheel Within a Wheel: Southern Methodism and the Georgia Holiness Association

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-08-01
  • Publisher: Mercer Univ Pr
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This study examines the rise of the holiness movement in Georgia following the Civil War. Employing a blend of social and intellectual historical methods, the study pays particular attention to the shifting cultural conditions occurring in Georgia and the rest of the Southeast around the turn of the century and shows how these changes influenced the movement.

The study offers two major theses regarding the Wesleyan-Holiness movement in the United States. First the Holiness movement which emerged in the North after 1830 emphasizing the speedy attainment of human perfectibility failed to attract receptive audiences in the South due primarily to the cultural conditions of the region. Southern Christians were deeply affected by the culture of honor and the frequent violence it spawned. Moreover, Southerners were reluctant to subscribe to the Northern formula of Phoebe Palmer's "quick and easy" means to achieve perfect love when they recognized the ambiguities of the slave system -- a system most Southerners understood as a necessary evil.

Second, during the Rec

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
The Cauldron of the American Holiness Movement
The Southern Problem
The Galvanic Heavenly Battery: The Holiness Experience in Georgia
The Problem of Methodism
The Law and the Prophets
Alternative Methods for the Old-Time Religion
Epilogue 203(6)
Bibliography 209(18)
Index 227

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