The Uneasy Center: Reformed Christianity in Antebellum America / Edition 1

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Overview

Distinguished intellectual historian Paul Conkin offers the first comprehensive examination of mainline Protestantism in America, from its emergence in the colonial era to its rise to predominance in the early nineteenth century and the beginnings of its gradual decline in the years preceding the Civil War. He clarifies theological traditions and doctrinal arguments and includes substantive discussions of institutional development and of the order and content of worship. Conkin defines Reformed Christianity broadly, to encompass Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Congregationalists, Methodists, Calvinist Baptists, and all other denominations originating in the work of reformers other than Luther. He portrays growing unease and conflict within this center of American Protestantism before the Civil War as a result of doctrinal disputes (especially regarding salvation), scholarly and scientific challenges to evangelical Christianity, differences in institutional practices, and sectional disagreements related to the issue of slavery. Conkin grounds his study in a broad history of Western Christianity, and he integrates the South into his discussion, thereby offering a truly national perspective on the history of the Reformed tradition in America.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

The book is remarkably lucid and learned. It will influence us for a long time.

Church History

A masterly synthetic work that should be required for students of American cultural history.

Journal of American History

Conkin . . . has set a standard of clarity and insight which it would behoove all American religious historians to emulate.

Reviews in American History

Clear, balanced and richly informative.

Christian Century

The book is remarkably lucid and learned. It will influence us for a long time.

Church History

From the Publisher
The book is remarkably lucid and learned. It will influence us for a long time.

Church History

A masterly synthetic work that should be required for students of American cultural history.

Journal of American History

Conkin . . . has set a standard of clarity and insight which it would behoove all American religious historians to emulate.

Reviews in American History

Clear, balanced and richly informative.

Christian Century

The book is remarkably lucid and learned. It will influence us for a long time.

Church History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807844922
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/1995
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction. Pre-Reformation Christianity in the West 1
Jewish Roots and the Early Religion of Jesus 1
Canon and Polity 5
The Great Doctrinal Settlements 10
Salvation Doctrines 15
Worship 19
The Separation of Rome and Constantinople 25
Reform Challenges 28
1 Reformed Christianity in Britain and Colonial America 32
Reform of the English Church 32
Reform in Scotland and Ulster 39
Anglicanism in Colonial America 43
Congregationalists 48
Presbyterians 53
Baptists 58
Continental Reformed Denominations 60
2 Methodist Origins 63
Evangelical Christianity: Some Definitions 63
John Wesley and His Doctrines 65
Methodist Institutions 71
Methodism in America 75
The Methodist Episcopal Church 77
The Methodist Style 84
3 Theological Foundations 90
Jonathan Edwards 92
Rationalism and Humanism 98
Samuel Hopkins 101
The Hopkinsian System 105
4 The Age of Evangelical Hegemony 114
American Denominationalism 115
American Revivalism 119
Denominational Competition 130
Denominational Cooperation 137
The Sunday School 143
5 Outside the Evangelical Consensus 147
The Founding of a Protestant Episcopal Church 148
Episcopal Decline and Recovery 152
The Divided Soul of Episcopalians 156
The German Reformed Church and the Mercersburg Theology 169
The Dutch Reformed Church 176
6 Reformed Worship 183
Early Protestant Worship 183
Worship in the British Churches 189
Early Worship in America 194
Music in Reformed Churches 197
7 Reformed Theology at Maturity: Taylor, Hodge, and Bushnell 210
Nathaniel Taylor 211
Charles Hodge 220
Horace Bushnell 233
8 Storm Clouds on the Evangelical Horizon 250
Sectional Divisions among Methodists and Baptists 250
The Presbyterian and Congregational Plan of Union 256
The New School-Old School Controversy 262
Biblical Scholarship 268
The Impact of the New Geology 280
Afterword 286
Notes 299
Index 311
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