The Resource Church in the wild : evangelicals in antebellum America, Brett Malcolm Grainger

Church in the wild : evangelicals in antebellum America, Brett Malcolm Grainger

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Church in the wild : evangelicals in antebellum America
Title
Church in the wild
Title remainder
evangelicals in antebellum America
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Brett Malcolm Grainger
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Language
eng
Summary
Since Perry Miller's 1940 essay on the connection between Puritan theology and Transcendentalism, "From Edwards to Emerson," there has been a dominant model for thinking about the relationship between American religion and nature. According to Miller, Emerson and his fellow New England elites were the only ones during the antebellum period to turn to nature for a direct, unmediated access to spirituality; this was part of their protest against the orthodoxy of Protestantism. We would, however, misunderstand the past if we forgot that New England Transcendentalists, as important as they are to American intellectual history, were an elite minority. There were other religious groups who also turned to the field and stream, the stone and the tree, in their everyday religious practice and their theology. Evangelical Christianity was the popular religion of antebellum America. During this period, evangelical relationships to the material world, and to nature at large, were closer to Catholicism than one might expect. Brett Malcolm Grainger makes two important arguments in this book: (1) early republic Evangelicals represent an important, non-derivative, and popular strand of American religious engagement with nature, a story often ignored while focusing on Emerson and Thoreau; and (2) the everyday religion of antebellum American Evangelicals shows us that the Catholic-Protestant divide over real presence needs to be reconsidered. Evangelical enchantment can be seen in field sermons, camp meetings, water cures, outdoor baptisms, and mesmerism. Grainger sheds light on a major religious movement that swept across antebellum America from Virginia, Kentucky, and Appalachia to Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and upstate New York.--
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Grainger, Brett
Dewey number
270.8/1
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BR1642.U5
LC item number
G73 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Evangelicalism
  • Nature
  • Natural theology
  • United States
  • Evangelicalism
  • Natural theology
  • Nature
  • United States
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Church in the wild : evangelicals in antebellum America, Brett Malcolm Grainger
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
A tolerable idolatry -- The book of nature -- Through nature to nature's god -- Healing springs -- The theology of electricity
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
271 pages
Isbn
9780674919372
Lccn
2018038067
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1057239843
  • (OCoLC)on1057239843
Label
Church in the wild : evangelicals in antebellum America, Brett Malcolm Grainger
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A tolerable idolatry -- The book of nature -- Through nature to nature's god -- Healing springs -- The theology of electricity
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
271 pages
Isbn
9780674919372
Lccn
2018038067
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1057239843
  • (OCoLC)on1057239843

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