For the Union of Evangelical Christendom: The Irony of the Reformed Episcopalians

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American Episcopalians have long prided themselves on their love of consensus and their position as the church of American elites. They have, in the process, often forgotten that during the nineteenth century their church was racked by a divisive struggle that threatened to tear apart the very fabric of the Episcopal Church. On one side of this struggle was a powerful and aggressive Evangelical party who hoped to make the Episcopal Church into the democratic head of "the sisterhood of Evangelical Churches" in ...

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Overview

American Episcopalians have long prided themselves on their love of consensus and their position as the church of American elites. They have, in the process, often forgotten that during the nineteenth century their church was racked by a divisive struggle that threatened to tear apart the very fabric of the Episcopal Church. On one side of this struggle was a powerful and aggressive Evangelical party who hoped to make the Episcopal Church into the democratic head of "the sisterhood of Evangelical Churches" in America; on the other side was the Oxford Movement, equally powerful and aggressive but committed to a range of Romantic principles which celebrated disillusion and disgust with evangelicalism and democracy alike. The resulting conflict—over theology, liturgy, and, above all, culture—led to the schism of 1873, in which many Evangelicals left the church to form the Reformed Episcopal Church. For the Union of Evangelical Christendom tells this largely forgotten story using the case of the Reformed Episcopalians to open up the ironic anatomy of American religion at the turn of the century.

Today, as the Episcopal Church once again finds itself enmeshed in cultural and religious crisis, the remembrance of a similar crisis a century ago brings an eerily prophetic ring to this remarkable work of cultural and religious history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271027326
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 6/2/2005
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen C. Guelzo is Grace F. Kea Associate Professor of American History at Eastern College and author of Edwards on the Will (1989).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Schismatics and Sectaries 1
I The Evangelical Episcopalians 19
To Revive Spiritual Religion
The Making of a Protestant Episcopal Church
The Principles of Evangelicals
The Evangelicals and the Republican Ideology
II An Embarrassment of Ritual 53
The Offense of the Anglo-Catholics
Catholic Challenge, Evangelical Response
The Trial and Deposition of Charles Edward Cheney
III The Education of George David Cummins 87
The Impetuous Preacher
The Cross of Jesus Is the Fulcrum
Ritualism and Romanism in Kentucky
The Evangelical Alliance
IV The Old Paths Restored 129
A Bishop Resigns
We Have Laid Down Our Course
The Association Hall Council
V True, Simple Episcopacy 187
The Creation of a Republican Communion
"The New Church Is Fairly Launched"
Laying No New Foundation
One Great Family
Jim Crow and John Bull Among the Reformed Episcopalians
VI The Hand Leaves the Helm 229
Tell Them to Go Forward
Descent into Confusion
Remodeling a Church Government
The Vestments Controversy
VII Recovery and Disillusion 269
They All Ended in Failure
Miss Benson's Seminary
The Long Shadow of Robert Livingston Rudolph
Our Bitter, Mendacious, and Unscrupulous Enemy, Dr. Gregg
The Special Jurisdictions
Epilogue 311
Notes 337
Bibliography 375
Index 393
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