American Denominational History: Perspectives on the Past, Prospects for the Future

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This work brings various important topics and groups in American religious history the rigor of scholarly assessment of the current literature. The fruitful questions that are posed by the positions and experiences of the various groups are carefully examined. American ...

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Overview

This work brings various important topics and groups in American religious history the rigor of scholarly assessment of the current literature. The fruitful questions that are posed by the positions and experiences of the various groups are carefully examined. American Denominational History points the way for the next decade of scholarly effort.

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Roman Catholics by Amy Koehlinger

Congregationalists by Margaret Bendroth

Presbyterians by Sean Michael Lucas

American Baptists by Keith Harper

Methodists by Jennifer L. Woodruff Tait

Black Protestants by Paul Harvey

Mormons by David J. Whittaker

Pentecostals by Randall J. Stephens

Evangelicals by Barry Hankins    

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"This collection of scholarly essays by church historians focuses on the history of Christian denominations within the United States. Inspired to update William Warren Sweet's Religion on the American Frontier, published between 1931 and 1946, editor Keith Harper expands Sweet's original coverage of four denominations (Congregationalists, Presbyterians, Baptists, and Methodists) to include essays on Catholic and Mormon historiography and on Black Protestant, Pentecostal, and Evangelical religious movements. Each essay discusses recent research and publications and has extensive bibliographical notes. This is a good starting point for the study of denominational history."—Congregational Libraries Today
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817355128
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Series: Religion and American Culture Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Harper is Professor of Church History, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Quality of Mercy: Southern Baptist and Social Christianity, 1890-1920.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1 Catholic Distinctiveness and the Challenge of American Denominationalism Amy Koehlinger 7

2 New Directions on the Congregational Way Margaret Bendroth 31

3 Presbyterians in America: Denominational History and the Quest for Identity Sean Michael Lucas 50

4 From the Margin to the Middle to Somewhere In Between: An Overview of American Baptist Historiography Keith Harper 71

5 "Everything Arose Just as the Occasion Offered": Defining Methodist Identity through the History of Methodist Polity Jennifer L. Woodruff Tait 95

6 Black Protestantism: A Historiographical Appraisal Paul Harvey 120

7 Mormon Historiography David J. Whittaker 146

8 Interpreting American Pentecostal Origins: Retrospect and Prospect Randall J. Stephens 173

9 "We're All Evangelicals Now": The Existential and Backward Historiography of Twentieth-Century Evangelicalism Barry Hankins 196

Contributors 221

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