The Perfect Rule of the Christian Religion: A History of Sandemanianism in the Eighteenth Century

The Perfect Rule of the Christian Religion: A History of Sandemanianism in the Eighteenth Century

by John Howard Smith
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1438425082

ISBN-13: 9781438425085

Pub. Date: 03/28/2009

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Some thought them dangerous, others credited them with recovering original Christianity. The Sandemanians, a sect with roots in the turmoil of eighteenth-century Scottish Presbyterianism, espoused a radical theology that influenced the development of American Christianity. Founder John Glas blended elements of fundamentalist New Testament Christianity with

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Some thought them dangerous, others credited them with recovering original Christianity. The Sandemanians, a sect with roots in the turmoil of eighteenth-century Scottish Presbyterianism, espoused a radical theology that influenced the development of American Christianity. Founder John Glas blended elements of fundamentalist New Testament Christianity with Enlightenment philosophy to create what he believed to be “the perfect rule of the Christian religion.” The history and legacy of the Sandemanians are given full attention in these pages, which reveal the origins of the sect in Scotland and follow its greatest proselyte, Robert Sandeman, across the Atlantic to New England. Author John Howard Smith shows how such a minor sectarian movement could create so much controversy at the time of the First Great Awakening and the American Revolution. The churches Sandeman established were eventually crushed by the Revolution, their adherents scattered, never to grow into a denomination. The Sandemanians are little known today, yet elements of their theology played a key role in the future of American Christianity.

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ISBN-13:
9781438425085
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/28/2009
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. “I Thought Myself a Sound Presbyterian”

2. “The Perfect Rule of the Christian Religion”

3. “He Becomes Possessed of a Truth”

4. “May God Preserve Our [Churches] Amidst All Attacks”

5. “Spirited Conduct”

6. “Mine Eyes Must Flow with a River of Tears”

Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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