Standing Against the Whirlwind: Evangelical Episcopalians in Nineteenth-Century America / Edition 1

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Standing Against the Whirlwind is a history of the Evangelical party in the Episcopal Church in nineteenth-century America. A surprising revisionist account of the church's first century, it reveals the extent to which evangelical Episcopalians helped to shape the piety, identity, theology, and mission of the church. Using the life and career of one of the party's greatest leaders, Charles Pettit McIlvaine, the second bishop of Ohio, Diana Butler blends institutional history with biography to explore the vicissitudes and tribulations of evangelicals in a church that often seemed inhospitable to their version of the Gospel. This gracefully written narrative history of a neglected movement sheds light on evangelical religion within a particular denomination and broadens the interpretation of nineteenth-century American evangelicalism as a whole. In addition, it elucidates such wider cultural and religious issues as the meaning of millennialism and the nature of the crisis over slavery.

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"A major contribution to our hitherto scanty knowledge of the Evangelical movement in 19th-century American Anglicanism....This is a well-researched and thoughtful contribution to American religious history and should be included in every library collection on the subject."—Choice

"This book should be read by all Evangelical Episcopalians, especially those preparing for ordination-for these, it should be required reading. And it would be helpful to have this book read by large numbers of Episcopalians generally, as it offers an important corrective to our popular church history. which tends to forge that evangelicalism can be episcopalian. There is, indeed, such a thing as Anglican Evangelicalism!"—The Episcopal Evangelical Journal

"The book is a brilliant case study of the conflicts within a denomination occupying a crucial position within the religious spectrum of American society and culture."—The Cresset

"...sure to incite further discussion and research."—Religious Studies Review

"...Butler has ably contributed to reviving interest in this important aspect of Episcopal experience."—Church History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195085426
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Series: Religion in America Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

1 From Enthusiasm to Identity: An Evangelical Revolution in the Episcopal Church, 1740-1820 3
2 The Evangelical Mission: The Spirit of True Christianity, 1820-1831 24
3 Episcopal Distinctiveness: Fighting the Protestant Radicals, 1832-1838 61
4 "To Your Tents, O Israel!": The Advance of "Puseyism" and the War Within the Church, 1839-1852 93
5 Standing Up for Jesus: The Evangelical Episcopal Quest for Purity, 1853-1865 136
6 "The Ship in Tempest": Rationalism, Ritualism, and the Post-Civil War Evangelical Worldview, 1866-1874 178
7 Conclusion: Whither Evangelicalism? 224
Selected Bibliography 238
Index 263
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